If you have ever been underwater, you will notice something immediately: everything is much slower, quieter and all around deeper down there! Maybe my sensory difficulties make it more obvious to me, I don’t know. All I know is that sound tends to be heavily filtered and usually of very low frequencies…the kind that doesn’t hurt all of my senses. Water conducts life – it slows movement to the rhythms of tides, currents and waves. The underwater world is far less stressful for me than the one I inhabit most often. Down there, my senses can be delighted rather than affronted, and
I can hear myself breathing, living, in time with the rhythm of the sea and the earth.
I wanted to share a video I made underwater. I made it recently during a visit back to my childhood home on the south coast, in what I now know to be Dharawal and Elouera Country. Underwater – as you will see in my video, particular towards the end – organisms dance with light and water. So much of what is synesthesia for me everyday is just the way of things underwater.
I feel like my mind-scape has suddenly become the living land-scape!
Sound and colour, light, movement…they are all connected and interacting. When I see these things, and the striking and/or amazingly camouflaged creatures, who innovate, navigate and illuminate in their worlds, I can’t help but feel that
I am bearing witness to an intentionality and creativity in nature and evolution that does not get the recognition it deserves.
Our world, our home, is beautiful! And mysterious. There is so much we still do not know, and this becomes so clear when you encounter to intricate underwater worlds.
Please enjoy some extraordinary clips of the underwater worlds of Dharawal & Elouera Country (the light show and seaweed dance at the end is just incredible!):