Luminous Sea

Underwater photography by Richard Salas

Richard Salas - Steller face

Luminous Sea is the work of underwater photographer Richard Salas. Photos on display in the Aquarium are from his book of the same name which features animals in Northwest waters from Washington to Alaska. The images in the Aquarium show include Stellar sea lions, hooded nudibranchs, wolf eels and more.

Richard Salas has been working professionally in digital media for over 20 years. He graduated from Brooks Institute of Photography in 1979 and was mentored by Ernest Brooks II.

Richard’s photographs bring out the texture and depth of his underwater subjects so that viewers see the light and vitality radiating from the organisms he encounters.


Artist’s Statement

While I realize that, as an individual, I have never been more than a drop of water in the face of the vastness of the ocean, I have also seen that, as a species, humanity’s collective weight is having a profound impact on its watery resources. So, with my lights and with patience, I create dimensionality in my photographs of these critters so that they leap off the page to greet the viewer. I am committed to using my art and technique to spark in others both a reverence and a sense of responsibility for the ocean and its creatures. Through photography I expose viewers to new ways of connecting to the underwater world and its inhabitants so that they, like me, may feel the heartbeat of our precious sea life.



On display now!