This book is an underwater journey around the African coast, richly portrayed in more than 145 photographs that draw us into a breathtakingly beautiful and sometimes strange underwater world.
Offering a worthy and exciting alternative to the continent's more familiar terrestrial landscapes and wildlife, this photographic essay not only covers all major marine habitats, from kelp forests to coral reefs, but also features a wide range of marine species in action, from iconic apex
predators such as great white and tiger sharks, whales and dolphins, to many of the lesser known but equally fascinating creatures such as jellyfish and starfish. Each photograph tells a story, unearths a bizarre marine creature or provides a detailed and fresh look at a familiar subject; together they make a resounding statement for marine conservation.
Wild Seas Secret Shores will be officially launched in the U.K at Visions of Sea 2007 on October 20th 2007 and in South Africa in the middle of October.
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The photography and research for Wild Seas Secret Shores of Africa was supported by a grant from the Save our Seas Foundation.
BBC WILDLIFE MAGAZINE REVIEW
Thomas P Peschak is one of those rare people who successfully balances art and science, the “two cornerstones”of civilization, as he puts it. In his hands, the technical achievement of underwater photography and the artistry of beautiful composition combine to stunning effect. The freshness of Peschak’s work is also helped by the novel subject – he concentrates on the ‘secret’ southern and eastern reaches of Africa’s coast. It doesn’t seem to matter that he misses out more commonly photographed areas like the Red Sea, since such diverse habitats, from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean, are covered. For the diver and naturalist, there’s much to reflect on. From Peschak’s images, I was amazed to realise how similar the kelp forests of Africa are to those of California, and wondered anew about nature’s solutions to conquering every habitat on Earth. Though it might have broken the spell of marine beauty, I would have liked a map of dive locations, as I found myself playing that enjoyably frustrating game of ‘where exactly is that?’ But, by way of compensation, there are some great notes at the back on how Peschak took these photos. His aim is to “transport the viewer into the heart of the ocean” – and he doesn’t disappoint.
John Ruthven- BBC Producer/Underwater film-maker