Truly, Madly, Deeply


Underwater Photography by Ali bin Thalith

To capture an image of the crystal octopus, one of the ocean’s rarest and most elusive creatures, became the ultimate goal in Ali bin Thalith’s obsession with underwater marine photography.  Over ten years of searching has produced cornucopia of extraordinary deep sea images, of which 100 are selected here, shot in the warm waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans.  From Swimming with Giants to the God of Small Things, six chapters portray the inspirational qualities of marine life.  Large mammals such as sharks, shoals of tuna, swimming antelope and elephants shot from below are truly exceptional.  The microscopic creatures that camouflage themselves so expertly from their predators, coral gardens of the ocean bed, night dive images and the highly decorative patterns found on so much of marine life, provide a sourcebook not just for marine photography enthusiasts, but for everyone interested in colour, pattern and texture.

Care is taken to explain the practicalities of the dive, the shoot, or the location and the author willingly shares the difficulties and the techniques of striving to achieve that perfect image.

Ali bin Thalith was born in Dubai.  In the Seventies, it was made up of a series of villages, and Jumeirah Beach was yards from the house where he grew up.  Inspired by Jacques Cousteau, he learned to dive and operate his first camera – a Nikon FM2 – and realised he could combine these twin passions and trained in France and London as a marine photographer and documentary filmmaker.  As the official photographer for Prince Hamdan al Maktoum, he was asked by the Prince to set up Dubai’s first photography award, HIPA, becoming Secretary General and overseeing its global development.

 

Ali Bin Thalith grew up by the coast in Dubai where both his father and grandfather were pearl divers. He spent much of his childhood either in the water or watching Jacques Cousteau films, since then he’s become a photographer, specialising in underwater photography. His incredible use of textures, colour and composition make his underwater images transcend simple documentation. Ali feels he is part of the sea and he happily swims with his camera next to the fearsome and the micro inhabitants deep below the waves.

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Katya Edwards for The Daily Mail review’s Ali Bin Thalith’s new book.  Plunge into the ocean in Ali Bin Thalith’s glorious book Truly Madly Deeply, an incredible collection of underwater photography.

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Underwater photographer Ali Bin Thalith reveals the hidden secrets of the Indian Ocean in a unique excerpt from his new book in COMO Stories magazine.

Ali Bin Thalith grew up by the coast in Dubai where both his father and grandfather were pearl divers. He spent much of his childhood either in the water or watching Jacques Cousteau films – since then he’s become a photographer, specialising in underwater images.

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