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We recently took delivery of some postcard sized prints of some of my digital work, so I thought I’d share them with you.

Colourful Undersea Life Postcards

Click through for more/bigger pics at Etsy

As you can probably tell, the focus is on some of our favourite undersea creatures. But why do I find these creatures so fascinating? Some thoughts below.

Well, the thing that unites them, I suppose, is how unearthly they look.

The starfish: a piece of geometry given life; in a world of bilateral symmetricality, he’s chosen to hew his fivefold path.

The lobster: like some strange futurist tank, with claws like a 50’s robot. Add in the bug eyes and antenna, and it’s clear that this is a creature that would be crushing coastal cities and sending humanity fleeing, were it not for a mere accident of size.

Seahorses: utterly strange, tiny and detailed forms, almost fractal. They look like calligraphy to me, arcane glyphs, a beautiful but mysterious script.

And finally, the Nautilus: ancient and solemn, it’s hard not to think of them as carrying great and alien wisdom with them as they float serenely from prehistory to the present.

If these were made-up creatures we might not believe in them. But they’re real, and they’re a living reminder that the world is beautiful and strange.

Article Details

Item: Postcards from the Deep

Dimensions: 4.25 by 5.5 inches (i.e. standard postcard size)

Materials: Four digital prints on glossy postcards

Availability: Available on ETSY – click for details

2 Responses to Postcards from theĀ Deep

  1. Hafwit says:

    These are beautiful.

  2. Benjamin says:

    Just a quick note to let people know that the postcards are now on sale with free worldwide shipping.

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