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Plankton’s Unique Design in Black Water

  • Photographer
    Kei Nomiyama
  • Company/Studio
    Japan
  • Date of Photograph
    March to June, 2012-2016
  • Technical Info
    Underwater photo

The Creatures of the sea often look like creatures from space, which explains why the queen xenomorph in Alien bears more than a passing resemblance to the plankton Phronima sedentaria. I have spent five years shooting all manner of miniature monsters for series Blackwater. I tend to work on Omi Island in Yamaguchi Prefecture, where springtime brings an upwelling that pushes warmer water out from shore while drawing colder water in from below. This water teems with minuscule marine life. These themes subjects are plankton and other tiny creatures, things like krill (holoplankton) and larval fish and crustaceans (meroplankton). Tiny as they may be, I find them fascinating.

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