June 27, 2016

It’s Shark Week

Go deep into the ocean with TASCHEN’s new tome.

I still remember the first time I watched “Jaws” (or more aptly, saw glimpses of the movie through my fingers). I still have a bit of an irrational terror of open water thanks to the classic film—so when “Sharks” by celebrity photographer Michael Muller arrived at The TASCHEN Library, I decided it was a chic way to face my fears.

Inside the 334-page book Muller shares his spectacular underwater photography, where he gets up close and personal with some of ocean’s most misunderstood creatures. The images could be likened to “Hollywood portrait sessions” with the predators—all taken cage free. Whew, that made me nervous even typing it.

Arranged by geographical location, you’ll find everything from black tip and tiger sharks to the only-known image of a great white breaching (aka rising out of the water to attack prey) at night.

“Sharks” isn’t just filled with pretty pictures. There’s also essays from Philippe Cousteau, Jr and Alison Kock, who discuss anything and everything about sharks and the much-needed conservation of the oceans.

Overall, this art book is meant to take one of the ocean’s most misunderstood creatures and portray them in a new, beautiful light. And it’s a pretty place to start conquering my fears.

The Details: The TASCHEN Library is located inside the lobby of The Joule, 1530 Main Street. “Sharks” is for sale for $69.99.