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Jennifer WeiBy Jennifer Wei
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Jennifer WeiBy Jennifer Wei
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About

Have you wondered what's it in the photo?
They are Nudibranchs / Sea Slugs!

Hello, I'm Jennifer!
I am a scuba diver, and I love nudis.

Every summer, I travel to Indonesia or Philippines to scuba dive with my brother. He takes beautiful macro photography of nudibranchs, and I help him with lighting and finding them. There are about 3000 species worldwide found most commonly in tropical and shallow waters. I get new excitement from every dive, seeing them in different sizes, colors, postures, and surroundings.
What are nudibranchs?
The name nudibranch(NEW-dih-bronk) literally means “naked gills” because the little flower-type protrusions on the back are the exposed gills. For their survival, they camouflage very well. The diversity comes from what they eat and where they sleep. Nudibranchs have very specialized diet, eating only one or few of prey. They are fed with algae, sponges, seaweeds, starfishes or even their friends. Some nudibranchs are poisonous while others pretend to be poisonous.
Why are they unique?
Despite their dazzling colors, they can be tricky to find, and locating their food source is often a good place to start. Getting above average shots can be challenging and takes a lot of effort. Photographers usually have to get down and close to nudibranchs or sometimes even battle against the water current, time, and air supply to obtain stunning images. 

I want to share my love for these little creatures with you and celebrate photographers’ effort in capturing them. So, I reached out and successfully gathered 5 photographers around the world to share their passion, personal stories and photographic tips and principle. We hope you can support and join the nudi-lover club! 

What Will You Get?

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Nudibranch Photobook (A- White)
Nudibranch Photobook (A- White)
Nudibranch Photobook (B- Black)
Nudibranch Photobook (B- Black)
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Meet the Photographers! 

Here are five photographers talking about their stories and passion.

Guan Teoh, Singapore “I started underwater photography 2-3 years ago. As I have been diving for almost 10 years, I feel that underwater photography helps me to capture the underwater moments I have encountered, it is also a form of learning to be patient. This photo requires determination in getting the right shot at the right moment. I waited for the Cyerce Elegans’ cerata and rhinophores to be in symmetry before I took the shot. I find that taking nudibranch is very challenging as getting their soft bodies and rhinophores in symmetry requires tons of patience. Nudibranchs always surprise me with their extraordinary colors and striking forms. Also, there are thousands of species, which keeps me going to venturing into the world of nudibranchs. I love to take photos in Anilao, Philippines, where there are vast species of nudibranchs all year round.”

Kimo Wei, Taiwan
“I’m an amateur underwater photographer, who love to take photos of nudibranch. Nudis are very diverse and alien-like sea creatures. They are natural models because they are colorful and move really slowly, which makes it easier to focus and gives me more time to adjust the composition and light exposure. They are great practicing partners if you want to dive into underwater photography.

Virginia Salzedo, Italy 
“I come from Italy. I love the sea, in particular, the sea near my house, the Mediterranean Sea and all the creatures that populate it. I was passionate about diving more than twenty years ago, but I have been practicing underwater photography for only 5 years. With my underwater pictures, I won numerous prizes, including the national championships in 2016. Since 2018 I’ve been part of the Italian national team of underwater photography. I love nudibranchs so much, I find them so surprising in their behavior and their colors. It is incredible that in such a small being there are so many shades of color. In a few millimeters, there is so much beauty and perfection. They convey a sense of unique harmony, the calm with which they do everything, from mating to eating to spawning. I believe that there is no such interesting being in the world and it gives me so much joy to find and to photograph it.”

Van Trinh, Vietnam
“I started scuba diving specifically for undertaking underwater photography. The diversity of the Indo-Pacific Ocean can be recognized in the shapes and colors within the nudibranch family. Generally ignored, they raise eyebrows and questions after each dive: “Is this really what we saw? Was it really this color? What’s that underwater rabbit?” This is what I love about them: their ability to constantly surprise me with a whole gamut of new behavior, color, habitat, and shape. Only photography reveals their true colors and their beauty definitely lies in the details. When you learn about them, you can only want to meet them. This species in the photo, Costasiella kuroshimae, lives, grazes and feeds on velvet-like algae and can range from sizeable to microscopic. This particular specimen was a challenge in itself. My buddy and I inspected all the grass we could find during our hour-long dive hoping to meet them for the first time. Just half a millimeter large, to the naked eye, it was only a slow white spot moving on a hairy leaf. Once spotted, taking a picture required special assistance to light it up, while taking the camera as close as possible to the creature, without squishing it onto the lens. We took a gazillion pictures, sucked most of our air, spent nearly half our diving time, just to enjoy this cute critter. And only by waiting around, as immotile as a stonefish, did we attract the company of a young Blue-ringed octopus, that gently rested barely an arm-length away. What a dive! We were in Heaven (almost)!”

WaiYin Lai, Hong Kong
"I'm a diver from Hong Kong, and I’m always fascinated by all the vibrant colors and beautiful creatures in the sea. This is the photo I took when I first tried to take super macro, which I fell in love with instantly!"

About Me


Thank You! 

We would like to thank all photographers and advisors who have helped me with this book: Christina Xu, Gary Chu, Angie Tran, ZiYing Wu, Tyler Gumb, Yoko Ohama, Sarah Adams, Khozy Yang, Made Pasek, Sun Fei.

Notes:
*Due to the high cost of international shipping, the photobook is only available in the States. However, for international backers, please drop a line in the comment to show your interest. We can figure out the shipping.
*If you are a photographer and would also like to be featured in this art book, contact us at: wwei@sva.edu

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    YOU'RE A SEA ANGEL

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