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

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2 Responses to Postcards from the 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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