Perpetual darkness, bone-chilling cold and crushing pressure,
Alien creatures and jaw-dropping geology,
The infinite mystery, our planet’s last true frontier…
I have always been fantasied by the deep. Those strange fish with barb-like teeth and expandable stomachs. Some have no need for eyes while others flash dazzling lights like fireflies at night. Everything I know or I thought about life under the sea was watching Sir David Attenborough documentaries. At least, that’s what I looked forward to when I tuned in Animal Planet as a kid.
But it was so different when I walked through the pitch black exhibition.The descriptive boards at the side does resemble the constant bioluminescence of jellies, planktons and what other weird light-emitting animals. I am aware female anglerfish are hundred times bigger than the their male counterparts. The males are nothing but reproductive appendices but I sure was astounded by the size of the specimen on display! It was huge, I hassle a guess she was the length of the 60cm metal ruler. Definitely an eye opening experience for me.
Plus point that we came a few months after the initial hype because my friend and I were the only people in the entire exhibition.We really took our time to read the boards, bend our bodies like performing acrobats for a few good shots. I swear I did more squats at the exhibitions than I ever did in a gym session. The photos turn out really great considering that I never done night photography without a tripod. Upping the ISO to 6400, setting the aperture to 3.5 (lowest for my Canon 18-135mm kit lens) and a shuttle speed of 1/10 – 1/15 second. No shaky hands. The first exhibits were different variety of deep sea creatures danggling in the middle of the cylinder tanks that reminded me of the scene from Alien vs Predator. It was a little eerie when I peered closer into them. I do kinda wonder how many fishes do we truly need to raise awareness of the deep? Talking about animal conservation and raising public awareness, I hope someday technology will be more advance and affordable enough to bring people by the mass to see these creatures alive in their own habitat instead of killing and preserving them for display.
Another thing I really like about the exhibitions besides the dead fish were these short captions and quotes lit in blue light. I took a lot of photos of them because I thought they looked cool.
If you hadn’t visit The Deep exhibition, I personally think now is the best time to go. It’s towards the end of this exhibition period so I expect lesser locals to go. Be there in the early mornings and you won’t even need to queue or be annoyed by unnecessary human noise when you’re inside the dark listening to the sounds they recreated 1000 feet under the sea. We went all three of the exhibitions on Sunday and spent $20.00 per pax. I’m not sure if anyone else received the Singapore Stories exhibit for free because other friends of mine went and paid for it but the two of us got it for free!The Deep
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