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S E A S C A P E S
A Collection of UnderseaPhotographs
by Eduardo Cu Unjieng


Ah! the sea!
Might I but moor
To-night in thee!

--Emily Dickinson


     Though inland far we be,
     Our souls have sight of that immortal sea
         Which brought us hither,
         Can in a moment travel thither,
     And see the children sport upon the shore,
     And hear the mighty waters rolling evermore.

      --William Wordsworth
      in Ode on Intimations of Immortality


Beyond the shadow of the ship,
I watched the water-snakes:
Blue, glossy green and velvet black,
They coiled and swam; and every track
Was a flash of golden fire.

--Samuel Taylor Coleridge
in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner


But when I turned and looked into
The silent chambers of the sea
I saw the displaced fishes flee
From nowhere to nowhere through
Their continent of liberty.

--George Baker
in Channel Crossing


   The Sea of Faith
   Was once, too, at the full, and round earth's shore
   Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furled.
   But now I only hear Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar,
   Retreating to the breath
   Of the night-wind, down the vast edges drear
   And naked shingles of the world.

   --Matthew Arnold in Dover Beach


Most weary seemed the sea, weary the oar,
Weary the wandering fields of barren foam.
Then some one said, 'We will return no more';
And all at once they sang, 'Our island home
Is far beyond the wave; we will no longer roam.'

--Alfred Tennyson
in The Lotos-Eaters

Oh! never fly conceals a hook,
Fish say, in the Eternal Brook,
But more than mundane weeds are there,
And mud, celestially fair;
Fat caterpillars drift around,
And Paradisal grubs are found,
Unfading moths, immortal flies,
And the worm that never dies.
And in that Heaven of all their wish,
There shall be no more land, say fish.

--Rupert Brooke in Heaven




Each fisherman can wish
That all the seas at every tide
Were his alone to fish
And so did I, in vain

-- George Gascoigne




Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

--Dylan Thomas


Eduardo Cu Unjieng
co-authored with Scott "Gutsy" Tuason the coffee table book "Anilao", which won the Palme D'Or Award for underwater photography during the 27th Festival Mondial de l'Image Sous-Marine in Antibes, France last October 2000. The competition attracted world-famous photographers such as Jacques Mayol. Previous winners include David Doubilet (1999) and Ron and Valerie Taylor (1998).
     Cu Unjieng was president of Philippine Fuji Xerox until December 2000; he now works with a technology-based startup company. His love for the sea and photography, which has taken him to many diving spots in the Philippines and around the world, has found expression in an impressive collection of undersea photographs. The images shown in this exhibit is only a small part of his collection.
      "Anilao" has 181 pages of images taken in the Anilao area, a famous divespot in Batangas, Philippines.

 

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