Keith Ellenbogen Gallery
Keith Ellenbogen, a celebrated underwater photographer, was awarded an Ernest F. Hollings Ocean Awareness Grant from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation to photograph the wide range of species in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. He is the first person to receive a NOAA permit to dive with marine mammals for photo purposes in the sanctuary. Some of his photographs are currently on display within congressional offices in Washington, D.C. and his photograph of a breaching humpback whale adorns the cover of a new publication from Smithsonian Books entitled "America's Marine Sanctuaries: A Photographic Exploration.:
Space to Sea
The Ernest F. Hollings Ocean Awareness Award allowed Keith to explore and characterize the sanctuary through traditional and more exotic imaging techniques. His project, "Space to Sea: A Photographic Journey into Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary," examines tiny plankton to great whales, seabirds to seafloor creatures, and more. The three-year effort has culminated in a major outdoor installation at the New England Aquarium in Boston, with images wrapped around the facility. The free public exhibit, which runs from June 22 to November 1, 2022, is sponsored by NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, New England Aquarium, MIT Sea Grant, and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.
Some of Ellenbogen's most stunning photographic moments include freediving with a 17-foot, 3,000-pound great white shark; descending into a giant school of Atlantic mackerel; and diving to a depth of 100 feet to to photograph a torpedo ray, an ambush predator that is capable of emitting electricity to stun or kill its prey. The exhibition also explores the microscopic world of alien-like planktonic creatures that support the abundance of New England's marine life.
"This is a remarkable opportunity to have an outdoor public art exhibition at the Aquarium that encapsulates the extraordinary marine life living just miles off the coast of Boston," said Ellenbogen. "It's a moment to celebrate 30 years of Stellwagen Bank's vital role in marine conservation as well as a very unique and intimate way for visitors to engage with the very wildlife that may otherwise seem elusive out at sea."
New England Aquarium's Space to Sea press release.