Joe Quinn: Underwater


An Oyster Toadfish waits in its lair

Our planet’s surface is more than 70% water, yet for most of us the ocean is merely a blue expanse beyond the shoreline. Not so for marine life photographer Joe Quinn, whose work takes the viewer on a journey to a world of swaying corals, glittering scales and sweeping ocean-floor-scapes. His fine-art imagery, which has appeared in such publications as National Geographic, Dive News and Smithsonian, is the subject of an exhibition titled Joe Quinn: Underwater at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum.

The exhibit includes 32 black-and-white photographs of life under the sea. Ranging from up-close, abstracted details of marine life to large-scale ocean-floor views, Quinn’s images take the viewer to a world and an array of often strange creatures, that most of us have never seen: from the more familiar, colorful reef fish and turtles to such seemingly alien life forms as sea jellies, anemones and a host of other bottom dwellers.

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Joe Quinn began his journey into the world of photography as a professional dive instructor trying to bring a sense of the beauty and wonder beneath the surface back to those who have never experienced it themselves. Along the way he experimented with different digital darkroom techniques and created his own style of reinvented photographic art. Pushing the boundaries between art and photography, Quinn utilizes and blends the elements of color, light and motion to create a surreal take on the liquid realm.

A New York City native, Quinn currently makes his home in Myrtle Beach. His artworks, along with his traditional photographs and writings have been widely published in magazines and books. He is also a member of the Ocean Artists Society, an alliance of the world’s top marine life artists, sculptors, painters, photographers and filmmakers, whose goal is to foster an interest in the ocean arts and marine life issues. His company, Swimwitdafishes Photographic Dive Tees, features his work in full color graphics.

The exhibit is on display now through Thursday, April 21, 2016. Gallery hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to the Myrtle Beach Art Museum is free. For more information, visit the website here.