Turtle Skulls, Nautilis, and 5 million Jellyfish.

Jeb Corliss, and I traveled to Palau where we had planned to do some ship wreck & shark diving, and although sunken Japanese active war heads were fun for a minute.. what we really were amazed by was one particular cave deep down while diving. Exploring pitch black, extremely small crevices in the depths of the ocean was at times thrilling, but when a little light was shun, what we found was haunting. Complete skeletons from sea turtles! Turtles would swim there way in to the labyrinth of this cave to sleep; however, with no light they would get lost, and ultimately suffocate.

As if all of that wasn't enough, our trip was not complete until I got to experienced what I went there for... 5 million Jellyfish. I Always enjoyed the mysticism of the deep, the folklore tails of Mermaids, and usually in those stories where there were mermaids there were Jellyfish. Pulsating, and fluctuating with charm, relying only on movement for sustenance of their life. The most powerful, and yet so fragile all at the same time.

After the first day of specking it out, I went back a 2nd day. I filmed myself solo for 7 hours with jellyfish. Self Portraiture for the first time is not easy, but how about holding your breath underwater, wrangling jellyfish, controlling exposure & light with no assistants, and trying to maintain a on camera face. Wait, then the cherry on top- being in the nude.  What better way to push the envelope with myself. What better way to accept vulnerability, but also demonstrate the ultimate picture of harmony & connection to nature. Aesthetically too, the visuals of glowing Medusa (jellyfish), Jade green water, and the golden light of sun rays hitting the skin was all I needed to see, and there wasn't another choice then to go all in. -Palau (photo credit-Amber Arbucci, Jeb Corliss)

Boots & Books Mission In Kigali, Rwanda

Our First Mission through Identify Org. was called Boots & Books. Working alongside Dian Fossey foundation and the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Program, we traveled to Rwanda aiding in the protection of the Mountain Gorilla. 

Our humble roots as a start up foundation supplied the rangers with what they exclaimed "they were in dire need of". Rubber boots and gear for the anti-poaching units and proper shoes/boots for the field vets. English dictionaries for the schools, and any educational materials on the Mountain Gorilla for the kids was also on the wish list. Identify org. met their needs by using a local recycling plant to make gear and boots for the units @ $2 per pair. In going this route (avoiding shipping overseas) it helped with their economy, supported local employment, and most importantly did not put a carbon footprint on the earth. For the field vets (only 25 of them) who were of an older age and needed more support we handed them over something they were very happy about. We like to thank Merryl for sponsoring the beautiful boots given to them.

Dictionaries, art supplies and books were donated to local schools teaching the children about the importance of just the little over 700 Gorillas we have. The children used the art supplies to draw and paint Gorillas which in turn we could auction off back in Los Angeles to raise future funding. Classrooms started up an environmental class which encouraged the children's involvement with protecting the MG.

Great White Sharks (no cages)

This is a compilation of snapshots from myself, and my friends Jeb Corliss & Amos Nachoum. 18 1/2 hours of the Tijuana coast line, and spending 7 days on a live a board boat we got to experience the most satisfying shark diving I have ever witnessed. With a minimum of 5 great whites around us ranging from 15-20 feet, and ultimately amazed at the grace they had even when blood was poured. I was extremely happy with the photo series 'Purest form of White' I shot from that trip. The entire series is based on a love story. All the emotions that you experience when meeting romantic love.. the fear, excitement, not knowing if it will be the best discovery of your life or you could destroy each other being in such open water as it were. But it is the risk that we take, it is the risk we all take.

The last day, in shooting this series however, I had complications with my scuba equipment. Not being able to surface to air because of the great whites feeding, I had to swim my way back quite a distance to the safety cage for the emergency air supply. After being depleted of air for so long I couldn't get into the opening of the cage fast enough. However, on attempt something kept me from moving anywhere. I was being entangled by my BC with the cage, and was just short of a few feet from the air I desperately needed. I knew I had many things working against me, and if not for a buddy to unhook me I would have died hanging that day. In the process of all this going on I tried to help ensure my survival which almost did not happen, I dropped my 30k of camera equipment. It went 300 ft down, and was unretrievable. Guadalupe, Mexico. 

Giant Manta Ray Diving

These snaps were taken off a go-pro. Night diving in Hawaii, and watching the Giants Rays preform was quite literally like watching Angels dance across the sky. Kona, Hawaii