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Beneath Cold Seas: The Underwater Wilderness of the Pacific Northwest

Art / Photobook

By: David Hall(Author), Christopher Newbert(Foreword By), Sarika Cullis-Suzuki(Introduction By)

160 pages, 120 colour photos

University of Washington Press

Hardback | Oct 2011 | #195092 | ISBN-13: 9781887354905
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Paperback | Mar 2015 | #220615 | ISBN-13: 9780295994888
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About this book

In Beneath Cold Seas, author and photographer David Hall takes us into the underwater world of the Pacific Coast from California to Alaska, home to the most diverse and spectacular marine life of any temperate or cold-water ecosystem on the planet. From the tiny, candy-stripe shrimp, giant Pacific octopus, ghost-like hooded nudibranchs, and migrating sockeye salmon to the world's largest sea lions, Hall's stunning photographs and lively text reveal many fascinating species interrelationships and rarely observed animal behaviors. An innovative approach to over/underwater photography places the marine life of the Pacific Northwest in familiar context with hauntingly beautiful images that will surprise even experienced divers and delight the rest of us. An introduction by Sarika Cullis-Suzuki focuses on the conservation issues facing this rich yet vulnerable ecosystem.

David Hall shoots with the inquiring and exacting eye of a scientist yet the soul and vision of an artist, combining the two to produce uniquely beautiful underwater images that educate as much as they inspire.
- Christopher Newbert, author of Within a Rainbowed Sea

"Dispelling the myth that cold, murky waters equal boring waters, Hall has captured the staggering beauty and variety of marine life found in the Pacific Northwest. Although the animals themselves are truly amazing, it is Hall's creative eye and masterful photographic technique that really sets this book apart."
- Jemima Greaves, Outdoor Photography Magazine

"Hall has consistently managed to capture patterns, textures and colors [...] as if they were created on an easel. David Hall is an inspirational master who clearly hasn't yet gotten all of the recognition that he deserves."
- Peter Symes, X-ray Magazine

"Hall's images – which, at times, appear to be photographs of life on another planet – reflect not just the amazing diversity of sea life in local waters, but also the spectacular carnival of colors hidden just below the surface."
- Brangien Davis, Seattle Magazine, December 2011

"He depicts our underwater world in a way that will amaze scuba divers and art lovers alike."
- Tracey Sherlock, Vancouver Sun, December 2011

"One of the most impressive photography books we've seen in a long time."
- Ask_Kelly's Blog,, August 2012

"The level of consistency and standard of imagery is quite exceptional and it captures the wild spirit of this corner of the planet page after page [...] It is difficult to imagine that there will ever be a better collection of photographs to come out of this area."
- Peter Rowlands, Underwater Photography, January 2012

"This book offers a fascinating view of the cold-water ecosystem of the Pacific Northwest and artistically illuminates the intriguing underwater world. Hall's images celebrate and explore the amazing diversity found in this valuable and vulnerable ecosystem."
- Jenny Montgomery, Photo Life, January 2012

"Using state-of-the-art equipment, innovative techniques and electronic strobes, David Hall shows up an underwater world surprising to those who think color and diversity belong to the tropics."
- Marilyn Dahl, ShelfAwareness, December 2011

"You will never look at the slate-gray waters of Puget Sound with the same eyes after perusing these photos."
- Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times, December 2011

"An exuberant celebration of northwest coast marine life said to be the most diverse and spectacular of any coldwater ecosystem on the planet."
- Diver, May 2012

"David Hall's superb images come from one of the most unlikely underwater venues, the Pacific Northwest, where the waters are frigid and often clouded with phytoplankton [...] Yet these photographs are filled with subtle coloration, and so uniquely composed that you are often left wondering how he did it."
- Laurence A. Marschall, Natural History, November 2013

"Rarely photographed underwater creatures can appear alien-their cloudlike, luminous bodies more heavenly than earthly. The cold, dark waters of the Pacific Northwest teem with these otherworldly animals. Renowned photograph David Hall's book documents this delicate ecosystem."
- Della Watson, Sierra Magazine, May/June 2012

"The images are evocative, sensuous, tactile."
- Abby Luby, Westchester Guardian, April 2012

"What's most striking about the book is the color and vibrance that photographer David Hall was able to capture. It's a bit mind-blowing to imagine that hooded nudibranches and grasping octopi found in the book live in the inky depths abutting our very own rocky shores."
- Mirissa Neff, San Francisco Bay Guardian, April 2012

"Hall's writing is as eloquent as his full-color photos, with touching vignettes about his curiosity for and experiences shooting crabs, jellyfish, nudibranchs and octopi, and why he goes to such physical extremes to get these cold-water critters on camera."
- Undercurrent, February 2012

"From brilliant anemones to illuminated squid to rococo sea slugs, Hall has documented an Aladdin's Cave worth of visual wonders."
- Bensozia, January 2012

"Oh, what photos! [...] Hall showcases the arrays of magnificent nudibranches, intricately patterned chitons and colorful sea stars. At the other end of the spectrum, he reveals the remarkable camouflage of octopi and other creatures."
- Barbara Lloyd McMichael, The Bellingham Herald, December 2011

"A visual delight."
- Janice Williams, Tri-City News, March 2012

"A visual feast of Pacific Northwest sea life served with a science lesson on the side. Hall captures personality and emotion where you least expect it."
- Brian Colella, Seattle Met, November 2011

"An incredible photographic showcase of marine life of the Pacific Northwest, Beneath Cold Seas offers spectacular imagery of the undersea world in our region. Numerous amazing images are accompanied by interesting text that explains the images and the challenges of high-end photography in the frigid waters of the Pacific Northwest."
- Peter G. Williams, Out There Monthly

"Cayman Islands, pffft. Hall's stunning photographs of life beneath the waters of the Pacific Northwest show that cold waters are every bit as luridly colorful as their more temperate counterparts."
- Steve Casmiro, Adventure Journal

"With Beneath Cold Seas, David Hall highlights his work in the frigid waters of the Pacific Northwest, home of the diverse and visually spectacular marine life of this cold-water ecosystem. From tiny, candy-striped shrimp to giant Pacific octopus, rockfish schooling among kelp to orchid sea stars, Hall's stunning photographs reveal both the symbiotic and predatory relationships that can be found in these waters."
- e-Morfes


Foreword, Christopher Newbert
Preface, David Hall
Introduction, Sarika Cullis-Suzuki

Photographs and Vignettes


Hooded Nudibranchs and Jellyfish

Sockeye Salmon

Steller Sea Lions

Wolf-eels and Harbor Seals

The Warbonnet and the Octopus

Notes on the Photographs
About the Photography

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David Hall is an author and award-winning photographer whose work has been featured in National Geographic, Smithsonian, Natural History, Time, BBC Wildlife, and numerous other magazines. He is the co-author of ten children's books in Scholastic's Undersea Encounters series and co-author of the scientific paper describing the famous "psychedelic frogfish," for which he received an award from the International Institute for Species Exploration.

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