Good Reading : March 2015
COFFEE TABLE It’s the predator we fear the most. Snakes and spiders can also kill, but nothing matches the bloody, torso-shredding spectacle of a shark chomping on a victim and pulverising it into the hereafter with its rows of lethal teeth. Shark: Fear and beauty captures sharks alone, sharks in a feeding frenzy, and sharks with blank LITHE AND LETHAL but remorseless expressions on their faces as they make their way through the water. Some sharks on these pages glide languidly through the water. But one charges towards something; all we see is a dorsal fin and a sheet of white, turbid water above it as it makes its way to an unseen destination. Most of the images are black and white, but the few colour photographs are largely of the world above the waterline, where birds hover against bruised, dark-blue skies and churning water, which seem to hint at the violent world of the shark that lies below. But not all the sharks here are aggressive killers. The enormous – but gentle – filter-feeding whale shark also appears, dwarfing nearby divers. Shark: Fear and beauty by Jean-Marie Ghislain is published by Thames & Hudson, rrp $60.00. They glide. They swerve. They kill. Natural-born predators they may be, but sharks – with their sleek, torpedo-like bodies and their fin-flipping lethal moves, are also beautiful. Photographer JEAN-MARIE GHISLAIN has captured our fascination with these aquatic assassins in Shark: Fear and beauty.