I grew up surrounded by water. The past two years I’ve been living in the desert and needless to say I’ve been craving water. The sound, the smell, the feel, and of course the visuals. The start of this journey with Schmidt Ocean Institute has been nothing short of perfection. I always think poetic thoughts when I look at the water. I noticed when I hear scientists speak about the ocean and it’s known data, I always feel like it is poetry. So I decided to bring my typewriter.
I chose to put my thoughts onto paper that I cut into circles. I thought it was poetic to look through the circle windows as portals into the sea around me every morning and evening. I see the words typed back on to circles as portholes into my mind. The circular format is reflecting both inside and outside discoveries.
I find portholes to be romantic and extremely evocative. Portholes are historical, iconic, utilitarian, and simply beautiful.
Here is a little glimpse of some of my first thoughts from day one on research vessel Falkor.