Jason Isley’s Marine Miniatures
The ocean is full of treasures for the eyes. Anyone who’s looked at a gallery of nudibranchs knows that. But eventually, a picture of a fish is just a picture of a fish.
Jason Isley, an underwater photographer for ScubaZoo, decided to spice it up a bit by adding miniature people to the mix in his Underwater Minitaures series on Flickr. In his photos, the reef is transformed into an alien world full of giant (sea)horses, terrifying sand eels, and toxic-orange gardens of whoknowswhat. The way he matches the miniatures to the marine biology is both hilarious and admirable.
Not all of his creations are so lighthearted, though. One paints a “fish bomb” scene (a destructive fishing method using dynamite) as CSI case. And many zoom in on the tiny toxic waste and plastic garbage dumps that litter our oceans.
I’ve selected a few of my favorites here, and Christie Wilcox has a lot more over at Science Sushi (which is where I found them). Go tour Jason Isley’s full gallery on his Flickr page.