Commanding PresencePhotograph by Chris Huss
The G2 Gallery will kick off 2013 with State of the Sharks, an exhibit of photography by veteran divers Mark Strickland and Chris Huss. The exhibit is set to coincide with the CITES convention which will determine whether or not many vulnerable species of shark will be added to the endangered species list. All proceeds from the exhibit benefit the nonprofit Shark Savers.
On Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, The G2 Gallery will premiere State of the Sharks, a new exhibit of photography that documents the beauty and fragility of the ocean’s top predators. The exhibit seeks to educate the public and raise awareness for the plight of sharks in the run up to the biannual Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora & Fauna (C.I.T.E.S.), which will consider listing sharks as endangered species in March 2013.
State of the Sharks was photographed by Chris Huss and Mark Strickland, veteran divers concerned by the drastic decline of sharks that has occurred in recent years. But willingness to help these beleaguered animals is a hard sell. “Sharks are incredibly misunderstood creatures,” explains Strickland, “and shark attacks against humans are very rare.” Stressors such as overfishing for shark fins, cosmetic and supplement ingredients, bycatch, recreational fishing, and habitat loss are all threats that have brought sharks in view of extinction. As top predators, sharks are essential for a healthy ecosystem; without them the entire marine food chain loses its balance.
The G2 Gallery will donate all proceeds from the exhibit to benefit the marine life activist organization Shark Savers. An opening reception will be held on January 19, from 6:30–9:00 pm. Admission to the event will be $5 at the door and all proceeds will benefit Shark Savers. Live music, wine, hors d’oeuvres, and complimentary valet parking
Location: The G2 Gallery (theg2gallery.com), 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291-3742
About Chris Huss
For over 30 years, Seattle based photographer Chris Huss has been making images across many genres. Most recently, he has turned his attention to using his photography as a tool to aid the conservation and protection of wildlife and the environment. His passion for marine life, in particular, began at a very young age, and as an adolescent he began shooting underwater using a plastic bag over his Instamatic. He graduated with a degree in photography and filmmaking from the University of Washington in 1981 and embarked on a career that includes countless credits, awards, and over 2,000 weddings and events. Chris's images have been featured in The New York Times, National Geographic, Vogue, Time, ABC and have been used by the World Wildlife Fund, Greenpeace, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. Corporate clients include Alaska Airlines, Hallmark, and Nikon. His work on behalf of sharks is just one of several projects in progress that are geared toward promoting awareness of the oceans and marine life.
About Mark Strickland
Mark Strickland's career has been guided by his passion for the ocean. Over the years, he has completed over 10,000 dives, and served as an ocean lifeguard, boat captain, and diving instructor. He has also spent 17 seasons as Cruise Director and Photo Pro on a series of live-aboard dive boats in Thailand. Having spent much of his life observing underwater ecosystems, Mark has developed a reputation as a marine naturalist, and has discovered several nudibranch species, including his namesake, Halgerda stricklandi. His images and articles have appeared in BBC Wildlife, Conde Nast Traveler, Geo, National Geographic World, Nature's Best, Natural History, Outside, and many more. Mark is also co-author and primary photographer of Lonely Planet’s awarding book Diving and Snorkeling Thailand, and currently leads trips to his favorite dive destinations around the world.
About The G2 Gallery
The G2 Gallery is an award winning nature and wildlife photography gallery that facilitates change by bringing attention to environmental issues through the power of photographic art. G2 shares this passion with both celebrated and emerging environmental photographers, who use the camera as a tool to inspire conservation.