Probably unsurprising to anyone who knows me, one of my favorite places in the entire world is the Tennessee Aquarium. My home away from home, this lovely place boasts a host of fish and other aquatic creatures and brings myself and others closer to these precious animals than we would ever normally get (even myself, a Biologist in training!). It also gives me an opportunity to photograph and film them. A recent course in Ichthyology (they study of fish) brought my love of fish to new heights (something I thought was impossible considering I already loved them dearly beforehand), and I was absolutely out of my mind as I roamed the corridors and exhibits last month with a fresh pair of eyes for all the fish I had learned over the past semester. It's one thing to see them in a PowerPoint, a textbook, or preserved in a jar, but entirely another to see them living and breathing a few inches in front of you. And of course, my camera was very busy. Plus, I had recently purchased a prism for other projects, so I brought it along to test it out and it did not disappoint.
I also created something I had wanted to create for a very long time: a film featuring the beauty of an aquarium. There's that magic of those creatures behind the glass, the way that they look at you and move so effortlessly through their fluid world. I wanted to share with others the world that I saw, and so I created a film that I am incredibly proud of.
I will always cherish this place. I hope to visit several times in the near future and plan to of course take plenty more photographs to share with you.