Rainforest of the Sea features stunning photographs of sea creatures in Borneo, and highlights the diversity of coral reefs, as well as the threats facing one of the world’s richest habitats.
The exhibition is on loan from the prestigious Horniman Museum. The Horniman, alongside the Ripon Workhouse Museum, was quoted as being “one of five museums that every child should visit before the age of 16”.
Marine biologist and photographer Jamie Craggs – currently the Aquarium Curator at the Horniman - worked without the aid of digital photography to create the series of striking underwater shots, from a turtle silhouetted against an azure sky, to close encounters with a longhorn cowfish, a bumblebee shrimp and a hairy squat lobster.
Jamie says “Coral reefs are often called the “rainforest of the sea” because, like rainforests they are one of the most biologically diverse habitats on the planet. These photos weren’t taken with an exhibition in mind, but the threats to this amazing underwater world are so great that I wanted the images to do some good. I hope Rainforest of the Sea will not only show visitors the beauty and wonder of the coral reef and its creatures, but also raise awareness of the importance of protecting them for the future”.
The exhibition will be held in the newly opened Main Block of The Workhouse Museum, which has recently been refurbished and opened as part of a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Workhouse Museum is run by Ripon Museum Trust, who also run the Prison & Police Museum and the Courthouse Museum in Ripon.
The exhibition is open from Friday 7th September until Sunday 2nd December and usual admission fees to the museum apply.
The Workhouse Museum,
Allhallowgate, , HG4 1LE