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MARINE IMAGE OF THE MONTH

Reef Erotica 1

The mouth and tentacles of the Giant Reef Anemone Heteractis magnifica.

Reef Erotica is the subject of a photo-exhibition I presented at the Perc Tucker regional gallery in Townsville in 2005, exploring the relationship between structure and colour on the coral reef, and our human notions of erotic form. I was inspired to start shooting a collection of Reef Erotica images midway through 2003, after seeing and photographing a particularly feminine form in a Favid coral at Lizard Island (I know what you're thinking - "the man has been on an isolated tropical island for too long"!). However, I must give credit for the anemone image shown here to my wonderful partner Mish, who encouraged me to keep seeing the reef through erotic glasses - she found this anemone mouth at Watson's Bay in September last year, and dragged me over to shoot it. It remains my favourite of the Reef Erotica collection.

(Olympus 5050Z, Supermacro, F4.5, 1/200, ISO 100, natural light).

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All the pictures shown here are available for sale as greeting cards, digital images, posters, or high quality canvas prints. Please see Andy's page at RedBubble for more details.

A wide selection of Andy's other photographs are also available from Bigprints Sydney Studios and Essense Imaging. Please visit their website to view the images and order online.

 


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