Beneath Cold Seas: The Underwater Wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. By David Hall; foreword by Christopher Newbert; introduction by Sarika Cullis-Suzuki. Vancouver: Greystone Books; Seattle: University of Washington Press, c2011. 160 p.
Sean Lanksbury, NW and Special Collections Librarian, Washington State Library
This recently released book of photography is an absorbing and rewarding read and Hall’s thoughtfully composed and beautifully executed photographs. The images reveal a world filled with color lying just beyond the sandy shores of the oft-muted Pacific Northwest that is above sea level. It is hard not to appreciate this glimpse into a relatively alien aquatic world.
The introductory essays compel readers to consider the effects of environmental change upon the life contained therein and to appreciate the difficulties involved in creating these hard-won images. The vignettes interspersed throughout add to understanding these marvelous seascapes, while outline the photographer’s method, serve to remind us what our seas stand to lose, and places of this magical realm equal in investigation to the alien worlds beyond this earth.