Octopus, seahorse and jellyfish are three ocean animals that evoke mystery and wonder whenever we can glimpse a look. Their beauty and diversity reels you in for a closer look. In Octopus, Seahorse, Jellyfish photographer David Liittschwager reveals the work of 12 years of specialized photography of these beautiful creatures. All of the animals are pictured on white backgrounds through a photographic technique of using condenser lenses that allows light to be focused on the camera lens, increasing the contrast allowing for all of the animals' details and intricacies to come forward. Each chapter focuses on one type of animal and is accompanied by an essay by an expert in the field to give context and information about the animal, it's environment and special features.
Through the photography, the octopus dances across the page and stares into your eyes. Their amazing skin texture and tentacles can be seen up close and in astounding detail. The seahorse, seadragon and pipefish are pictured much bigger than their actual size so that their graceful shapes, intricate patterns and delicate features can be appreciated. A wide variety of jellyfish are featured with close ups of tentacles, bells, and their overall lack of body parts is apparent. I was intrigued by their many different forms and ways to reproduce for a creature that seems so simple. I had no idea that there were eternal jellyfish or that they went through so many different phases to become the final form that we know as a medusa. Overall, Octopus, Seahorse, Jellyfish is an amazing display of photography that allows these animals to shine and creates a call to protect these creatures that we share the Earth with.