Mermaids on the Coast – Santa Barbara News-Press
Opening of a new exhibition at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
Mermaids swim from the depths of the ocean to the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.
They will be there for photo ops with these mermaids on November 13 to celebrate a new exhibit, “Mermaids: Visualizing Myths & Legends – Photograph by Ralph A. Clevenger & Friends”.
The sirens will pose for photos from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., by appointment. The cost is $ 10 for museum members and $ 30 for non-members.
The exhibition will open on November 11 and will remain at the museum until March 31. The original plan called for the exhibit to open on April 22, but it was postponed due to the pandemic.
âMermaids: Visualizing Myths and Legendsâ consists of 16 images printed on canvas by Mr. Clevenger and his friends. Most of the photos were part of an underwater photography course Mr. Clevenger taught at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara.
The instructor arranged for professional sirens to join his class during the summers on a dive boat to the Channel Islands, according to a press release.
âThere is no doubt how hard the mermaids worked on these images,â Clevenger said.
âWearing fabric-covered monofin tails or silicone molded tails, they could swim farther and faster than any of us,â he said. “While the students wore wetsuits in the cool 70-degree water, the mermaids were nearly naked, spending more than 30 minutes in the water at a time during a photoshoot.”
Mr Clevenger said models should hold their breath and dive in, then release their breath and gracefully pose for the photo. They came back to the surface and maintained this streak all day.
âWe have always provided safety divers, paddle boards for mermaids to rest on, as well as hot showers and hot drinks on the boat between shots,â Clevenger said.
Mr. Clevenger grew up on the coast of North Africa and started diving with his father in the Mediterranean Sea at the age of 7. He studied zoology and worked for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego as a diver / biologist before attending the Brooks Institute. of Photography.
Mr. Clevenger was a senior faculty member at the Brooks Institute for 33 years.
Today, the Santa Barbara photographer continues to focus on eco-travel location and video photography projects, environmental portraits, wildlife and underwater subjects. He has traveled on assignments for clients such as Fox Sports, the University of California, the Denali National Park Wilderness Center, and the National Marine Sanctuaries.
His photos have been published in Audubon, Afar, Islands, Oceans, Nature’s Best, National Geographic, Terre Sauvage and other national and international publications. He is the author of the book âPhotographing Natureâ, published by New Riders.
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