By: Jacob Hawthorne
Gallery: Schmidt Fine Art Gallery
The luminescent colors found in our deepest oceans and coral reefs are nothing short of mesmerizing and hypnotic. The light of the sun does not often reach the depths of the coral reefs, so when illuminated by the passing photographer, the cavernous coral reef glimmers and dances in an explosion of color. Most of the marine creatures that dwell in these deep regions still remain unknown to public knowledge, so each new image strikes our curiosity and engages our imagination. What else could be down there? The call for adventure begins.
The Caribbean Sea in the Atlantic Ocean is home to 10% of the coral reefs in the world and is the one of the most diverse and biologically rich aquatic environments in the Atlantic. The Caribbean reef is the hotspot for marine life and diversity, hosting over 1,400 species of fish and marine mammals, as well as sprawling coastal mangroves.
In the Caribbean Colored Fish by Schmidt, the fish captured in shot is believed to be a species of Parrotfish; however, I do not pretend to be a marine biologist so corrections are welcome. Parrotfish make up a group of around 95 fish species, which are commonly found in coral reefs, rocky coasts, and seagrass beds. Parrotfish play a vital role in the Caribbean coral reef ecosystem as they stop the overgrowth and infestation of seaweed and sponges.
This specific tropical fish found in the image emits vibrant purples, deep oranges, and neon yellows; all such stimulating and pleasurable colors that resemble images commonly found in the genre of psychedelic art. This is the caribbean fish image that would live next to a lava lamp or on a poster hung on the closet door of a teenager in the 60’s. Our sense receptors become stimulated by the purples, blues and yellows, causing these tropical fish to be extremely conspicuous to us and brilliantly pop from the dulled coral reef in the canvas background.
Why do tropical fish have such brilliant colors? Well, although extremely vibrant for us as humans, the colors may actually work to disguise the fish as camouflage to predators. When the colors are distorted through the water, or perhaps due to the structure of the fish eye, the bright patterns may obscure their location. Or related to the topic of survival through avoiding predation, the coloration may also be used to signal toxicity level to would-be predators. Although this specific fish in question may not be poisonous, some reef fish have the ability to mimic that coloration to trick predators.
Another possible reason why tropical fish have such bright color patterns is attributed to neuroendocrine control, meaning that their exterior will change depending on if they’re mating or fighting. The shifting colors could be to attract possible mates or scare away sexual competition.
Snorkeling and scuba diving are some of the most rewarding methods of experiencing the hidden underwater worlds. With standard equipment and minimal training, you can choose any coast in the world to immediately dive in and witness first-hand the mysteries of the deep. The Caribbean sea is widely regarded as one of the best snorkeling destinations in the world and the top 10 most-desired Caribbean Fish to see while scuba diving are:
- Queen Angelfish
- Rock Beauty
- Great Barracuda
- Barred Hamlet
- Nassau Grouper
- Stoplight Parrotfish
- Smooth Trunkfish
- Longlure Frogfish
- Longsnout Seahorse
- Queen Triggerfish
No doubt the coral reefs play a vital role in our global environment, and we must do all we can to protect them. There are many ways to be environmentally conscious when you decide to snorkel or scuba dive in coral reefs or coastal areas, such as not touching the wildlife, avoiding dropping anchor near a coral reef, disposing of your trash, as well as hiring local guides to support the local economy. Additionally, here the list of top ten things you can do to protect our coral reefs:
- Choose sustainable seafood
- Conserve water
- Volunteer in local beach or reef cleanups
- Boycott buying coral as gifts
- Use energy efficient light bulbs to reduce greenhouse emissions
- If you dive, don't touch
- Use sunscreens with chemicals that don’t harm marine life
- Remove your trash or any trash you can find; we’re in this together
- Don't send chemicals into our waterways
- Practice safe boating
This canvas print is only one image of dozens taken by Kurt Schmidt of Schmidt Fine Art Gallery. When just a young photographer, Schmidt decided to merge together his two passions for scuba diving and photography, with the goal of capturing the uniquely spontaneous beauty of aquatic life. Through continual trial-and-error, Schmidt captures serene yet intriguing moments found in the grimy depths. As a young photographer, Schmidt had a vision for what underwater photography could be, and even developed his own waterproof camera. Since then, Shmidt has taken countless breath-taking images of Caribbean marine life such as sharks, turtles and more.
Whether you are an aspiring photographer or an art collector in search of inspiring works to fill your canvas or your home, Schmidt Fine Art Gallery is here to service you. We are a gallery for the artist by the artist. Our mission is to serve as the place for artists to simply sell art, without the overburdening of promotion, marketing and running a start-up business. We are committed to producing high-quality, museum grade products and timeless works of art in digital print, framed canvas, and everything that can be enjoyed for generations to come.
Caribbean Colored Fish by Schmidt is available in all sizes and formats. You can pick your own frame and finish on this piece in our customization shop. Caribbean colored fish by Schmidt in a 5 x 7 Unframed Print with UV coating, and foam backing and Free Shipping in the USA
Schmidt Gallery was founded by Kurt Schmidt with the vision to establish a photo-centric gallery in the heart of Montgomery county, Texas. Although it is all run online at the moment, Schmidt Gallery has dreams of opening up a brick and mortar gallery in The Woodlands just north of Houston. Schmidt Fine Art Gallery was founded in March 2020 as a startup funded by All ARK LLC.