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Roe of sand lance

The roe of shiwaikanago, a species of sand lance, is deposited on brown seaweed called akamoku in Hakodate Usujiri, Hokkaido, Japan, May 9, 2013. The gourd-like vesicles and branches of the algae reminded me of some pattern made up of monograms. I took this shot, picturing in my mind how these freshly-deposited eggs were going to grow slowly among the swaying seaweed. (Photograph by Toru Kasuya)

'Hidden beauty near the shore' — Photography by Toru Kasuya

Toru Kasuya’s exquisite underwater photographs reveal that even near urban areas, there is a thriving and diverse ecosystem in the sea that most humans never witness. One of Japan’s emerging stars in the field of marine life photography, Kasuya was the recent Grand Prize Winner of the 6th annual Nikkei National Geographic Photo Prize, whose mission is to raise the profile of promising Japanese photographers globally.

Kasuya writes, “I take my photos near populous coasts. Not many residents are aware of the bountiful life under their noses. Even fishermen, who make a living from the sea, are surprised when they look at my photos, saying that they had no idea marine creatures were living this way, as they only see them out of the ocean.”

“Hidden Beauty Near the Shore,” Toru Kasuya’s first solo exhibition in the United States, is on view at Foto Care in New York through June 9.

Photography and captions by Toru Kasuya

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