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Guy Chaumette: Marine Eyes

The second gallery in a series of art inspired by a lifetime love of being underwater. The shimmering, hovering, explosion of marine colors. The teeming life of the coral reefs. The light. The feelings. The flicker and glow of a magical world. The underwater kingdom that inspires and shines through all that Guy creates.

The tropical marine ecosystem is a predatory environment, with most of its inhabitants eating some other form of animal. One of the best ways marine creatures avoid becoming someone else’s meal is by camouflaging themselves, and blending into the background.

Yet despite the best camouflage, without eyelids, marine animals’ eyes are a clear give- away, advertising the position of an otherwise invisible beholder.

So fish use intricate markings, patterns and colors to attempt to mask their eye position. This creates irresistible color palettes, that a Photographer or Painter cannot ignore.

Without the protection of eyelids, some fishes eyes have reflective parts embedded into the eye itself, much like mirrored sunglasses, which give a metallic-like reflection unique to marine creatures. Other fish have skin extensions, which work like sun-shades to protect and cover their eyes.

Spending hours underwater looking into the diverse and fascinating eyes of tropical fish led Guy and his partner Anita to make a film on their vision and triggered Guys uniquely artistic Marine Eye Collection. To see more of their work, please visit Liquid Motion® Fine Art Photography.

Grouper and cleaner wrasse (*Plectropomus leopardus* and *Labroides dimidiatus*).

Grouper and cleaner wrasse (Plectropomus leopardus and Labroides dimidiatus).



Orange spotted filefish (*Oxymonacanthus longirostris*).

Orange spotted filefish (Oxymonacanthus longirostris).

Blue face angelfish (*Pomacanthus xanthometopon*).

Blue face angelfish (Pomacanthus xanthometopon).



Bluespotted stingray (*Neotrygon kuhlii*).

Bluespotted stingray (Neotrygon kuhlii).

Cheek-lined wrasse (*Oxycheilinus digramma*).

Cheek-lined wrasse (Oxycheilinus digramma).

Whale eye

Whale eye

Goldsaddle goatfish (*Parupeneus cyclostomus*).

Goldsaddle goatfish (Parupeneus cyclostomus).







Pictus blenny (*Ecsenius rictus*).

Pictus blenny (Ecsenius rictus).

Nassau grouper (*Epinephelus striatus*)

Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus)