A turtle's eye view of swimmers and surfers in the ocean
Aussie surfer and photographer Mark Tipple has always been fascinated by what goes on beneath the surface of the sea. As an escape from his regular documentary photography practice, Tipple began shooting swimmers and surfers from under the surface of the ocean off Australia's eastern coast. The results are assembled in the ongoing Tipple series, "The Underwater Project," and they're some of the best underwater photos we've ever seen.
"Coming from a surfing background I used to wonder what happens when we’re duck-diving, like, what it looks like from a different angle than what we can see. Kinda hard to explain but it has always been on my mind. I used to surf with a small video camera and housing attached to my helmet, it worked surprisingly well but my neck couldn’t take the impact and stress while trying to duck-dive and capture the right angle. Even tried to turn it back on myself to see what happens clearer but that, uh, sucked. I looked for a new approach to capture what I was seeking, which basically meant getting off the surfboard."
The sustainability movement has taken hold in California wine country, where environmentally friendly winegrowing practices are slowly becoming the rule rather than the exception. There's even a green certification system. But in one area -- wastewater -- there's plenty of work to be done. On average, wineries create 6 gallons of wastewater for every gallon of wine, a fact that explodes......read more
If these pics don't make you want to dive headfirst into a lake, probably nothing will. The series, called "Of Recklessness and Water," comes from the camera of Brooklyn-based photographer Elizabeth Weinberg, who snapped her friends on summer jaunts to beaches, lakes and swimming holes. The photos are collected in a 8.25" × 10.75", 46-page zine that you can buy here. ...read more
Processing sewage is a challenging and expensive endeavor, one that can contaminate the surrounding environment. NYT reports that New York City's Department of Environmental Protection is looking at ways to turn the costly and polluting process into one that creates energy and income. Naturally occuring algae at New York waste plants produce sludge and butanol that can be converted into a......read more
The Environmental Protection Agency has announced standards on a new set of toxic chemicals in drinking water, including perchlorate, a compound found in rocket fuel and fireworks that has already seeped into the drinking water supplies of 26 states. The decision to control perchlorate and other chemicals in drinking water reverses a 2008 Bush administration ruling that deemed the......read more
For people who travel a lot, Jawbone's petite Jambox is the audio unit for you. Measuring a meager 10"L x 3.1"W x 3.6"H, the super-portable wireless hi-fi setup delivers a sound that defies its diminutive size. This jerry can yellow joint is a limited run edition that benefits the worthy cause of bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. With $50 of each......read more
Just because we love plants doesn't mean we always remember to water them. At Dwell on Design's Remodelista Market, we found the perfect solution for the eager-but-lazy green thumb. The self-watering planter's smooth, curvilinear design comes courtesy of Joey Roth, who you might know as the man behind these amazing Ceramic Speakers. Roth's unglazed terracotta planter is inspired by a Native......read more
Ignoring the valid argument that 900 bucks for a water filter is insane, the Ovopur is the nicest we've seen. Created by France's Aquaovo, the eco-friendly design relies on natural filtration systems (and some help from gravity) to dispense pure, wholesome H2O. The unit features an Aquacristal filter made of activated carbon, quartz, copper and zinc (helping explain the lofty......read more
The massive plastic trash vortex in the North Pacific is one of the world's most depressing environmental issues. It's terrifying, really. Just thinking about it is enough to send me into the fetal position. Melbourne-based photographer Kim Preston faces up to the problem of plastic pollution with "Plastic Pacific," a new series of photos that find everyday plastic......read more