Singapore: Elysium Artists for the Arctic Exhibit

April 6, 2017

Photo Courtesy of Ruban Kumar

The Elysium Artists for the Arctic Exhibition opened in Singapore on April 5, 2017 with ocean scientists, Dr. Sylvia A. Earle and, Photographer,  Michael Aw addressing guests and signing books. The exhibition features a collection of images, curated by Rosamund Kidman Cox, Peter Ong, and Miriam Stein Battles. The featured photographs and paintings are the culmination of a three week journey across the High Arctic.

Photo Courtesy of Ruban Kumar

The expedition, which I took part in as a contributing photographer, took place over August and September of 2015, consisted of 66 team members from 19 countries. Some of the members included legends such as Dr. Sylvia Earle, David Doubilet, Jennifer Hayes, Michael Aw, Ernie Brooks II, Wyland, and Leandro Blanco. Along with the other passionate team members this multi-faceted interpretation of the Arctic came together. Painters, cinematographers, photographers, and musicians united to create this body of work In order to generate awareness for climate change––through the arts.

Dr. Sylvia A. Earle and Michael Aw presenting the Elysium book

The exhibit can be viewed between April 5 and April 16 at Ion Orchard (Level 4) in Singapore and will then move on to Marina Mandarin Hotel Gallery (Level 5) through May 8, 2017.

LIDA Film Festival

January 28, 2017

Last evening, fellow Sedna Epic Assistant Expedition Leader Renata Rojas and I, presented a short video highlighting some of the expeditions experiences in and around Iqaluit, Nunavut last summer. The video was previewed by attendees of the Long Island Diver’s Association (LIDA) Film Festival at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.

The short film highlights our all-women expedition team, Sedna Epic, along with Inuit elders and young women as we explore the frigid waters of Frobisher Bay, Nunavut. Through our ocean educational outreach programs including mobile aquariums and ROV operations, our team helps to bring the ocean to eye level for the youngest members of Iqaluit’s community.

Sedna Epic Expedition

April 15, 2016
Very exciting news I’d like to share this week! I am thrilled to announce I have joined the all-women Sedna Epic team and will be traveling in late July with them to Baffin Island, in the Canadian Territory of Nunavut. Sedna’s educational outreach program will work with Inuit communities and in particular young women to deliver an educational outreach program focused on ocean conservation and climate change.

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The Plan:

Snorkel the Northwest Passage for Climate Change

Over the next three summers the team will snorkel the Canadian Arctic’s 3,000 km Northwest Passage from Pond Inlet to Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories.
The all-female team of scientists, explorers, educators, and artists will be the first to attempt the voyage. By completing this journey we hope to bring worldwide attention to disappearing sea ice and climate change.

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Bringing the Ocean to Eye Level:

Throughout the journey Team Sedna will work with ten Inuit communities to deliver educational outreach programs focused on ocean conservation and climate change. These programs will consist of using ROV’s (remotely operated vehicles/underwater robots) equipped with videcameras, mobile aquariums, and snorkel safari’s to enable the local community to explore the biodiversity of the underwater world in their very own backyards.

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Combining Aboriginal and Scientific Knowledge to Mitigate Global Warming

Via Sedna’s social media channels and various media coverage, we hope to give the Inuit community a platform to express their knowledge, experience, and perspectives on the changing Arctic climate.

In late July, the Sedna Epic team will travel to Iqaluit, Nunavat (Baffin Island) where we will deliver an educational ocean outreach program with the local Inuit community. The outreach program will focus on educating, inspiring, and empowering young Inuit girls to pursue careers in the sciences.

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Empowering Women and Girls

The sea women will provide mentorship to Inuit youth, introducing them to the possibility of careers in marine biology, fisheries management, seafood harvesting, ocean engineering, remotely operated vehicle pilots, marine archaeology, climate science, movie-making and photography, and as dive masters and dive instructors in the nascent dive and snorkel tourism industry in Nunavut.

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Image of Sedna by Anthony Galbraith

In Inuit mythology, Sedna is the goddess/mother of the sea and all of its creatures.

 

Investing in the Future of the Arctic:

The Arctic is quite an expensive place, but with your support I hope to offset some of the costs involved. The costs associated with just this leg of the journey could easily exceed $18,000.

Any bit of support would be most appreciated and would go a long way. No contribution is too small!

For your support, I’ve compiled a range of rewards:

For $20, I will send an email update to you from the expedition.

For $35, I will send you or a loved one a postcard from the Arctic.

For $50, you will receive an 11×14 print of your choice from either my website, blog, or social media channels (or your choice of any of the preceding).

For $75, you will receive a 16×20 print of your choice from my website (or your choice of any of the preceding).

For $100, you will receive a 20×30 print from my website (or your choice of any of the preceding).

For $250, you will either receive a one hour pool portrait session in the Greater NYC area or a one hour skype session on underwater photography tips and tricks (or your choice of any of the preceding).

For $500, book an hour-long Remote Speaking Engagement via Skype on either the July Sedna Expedtion or conservation photography (or your choice of any of the preceding).

For $1,000, book a Speaking Engagement in New England (or your choice of any of the preceding).

For 2,500, book a Speaking Engagement in the continental United States (or your choice of any of the preceding).

If you are interested in donating please visit: www.gofundme.com/jlentini

Questions, ideas, or shared passions? Please feel free to contact me!

Nakurmiik! (Thank you in Inuktitut)

Inspiring Preservation of the Arctic with Arts & Science

November 22, 2014

Expedition – August 2015

ELYSIUM ARTISTS FOR THE ARCTIC is a project that combines the expertise of some of the world’s top scientists, artists, and explorers to create a multi-faceted interpretation of the Arctic. Artists for the Arctic hopes to inspire greater appreciation, understanding, and love for this critically important part of our planet, while drawing attention to the impacts of climate change. This icy ecosystem is regarded as one of the most enchanting wilderness regions of our planet, yet volatile and under severe threat from the warming of the world’s climate. This expedition promises to deliver the most awe-inspiring and stunning visual representation ever seen of the Arctic. The sights, sounds, and science captured by the Elysium Team will inspire ways to preserve and protect life at the top of the world through art, education, and outreach.

THE MISSION: The Explorer Team’s mission is to encapsulate the splendor of the Arctic through the sights and sounds of this enthralling region, into one exquisite volume, a film and exhibitions around the world in eight major cities in 2016-2017. Elysium’s science team will record and study the impacts of disappearing sea ice in the Arctic, inspiring, educating, and engaging the public about the wonders of the Arctic and its importance to our global climate. Through cross-cultural dialogue and educational outreach programs, Artists for the Arctic aims to exchange knowledge with Inuit groups and Elders about their home and the animals that live there. These first-hand accounts will be broadcast through a series of exhibitions worldwide, global social networks, and media channels, inspiring conservation for the diverse life of the Arctic as well as drawing attention to the impacts of climate change, ocean change, and disappearing sea ice. Only with your support will we be able to spread this critical message around the globe. You can have a direct impact on the way the world sees and understands the Arctic, and consequently on how we protect this precious polar region in the near future.

Elysium Artists for the Arctic is a carbon neutral expedition funded by Ocean Geographic Society.

WHAT IS NEEDED: We need to maximize our time in the Arctic, and what we can accomplish will directly depend on how much money is raised in the next 2 months. Our goal for this campaign is to raise $350,000.
We projected $80, 000 to bring in specialized scientific equipment: Open source ROVs with HD cameras, temperature and salinity instruments, mobile aquarium and scientist to bring in the video plankton recorder, laboratory and plankton sampling equipment. We’ll need $85,000 to create and produce the Elysium limited edition book and movie, $25,000 for the Elysium Arctic Report, $20,000 to produce the full soundtrack, and $150,000 to transport and curate exhibition for eight cities.

Please consider donating to this one of a kind project. Click on the Polar Bear below and you’ll be redirected to the Indiegogo Campaign Site to learn more about the interesting rewards for getting involved:

Prepping for Elysium Arctic Expedition

September 30, 2014

In late August, early September my husband and I took a short flight from Wroclaw, Poland (where we currently live) to the Tri-City up along the Baltic Sea. We had always heard great things about the region however after living in Poland for a year and a half we somehow still hadn’t made it up there. With Santi as one of the equipment sponsors for an upcoming expedition to the Arctic, and with their headquarters so close by in Gdynia, we decided to make our way north to personally place our dry suit orders. Flying in on Saturday afternoon and leaving Monday evening we had roughly 48 hours to see the highlights of the three cities (Sopot, Gdansk, & Gdynia) and get fitted for our first drysuits. It was a hectic but exciting trip!Santi Drysuit Headquarters

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We had a hotel booked in Sopot since it is situated between Gdansk and Gdynia, and quickly realised it is the heart and soul of the Tri-City. The salty air, long expanse of the sandy shore and wide array of seaside restaurants provided a nice break from landlocked Wroclaw. With Europe’s longest boardwalk just outside of our hotel, I must admit it felt as if I was back at home along the Eastern Seaboard. The three cities were definitely worth the visit and from what we learned there are some really cool wreck dives along the coast. Since the Baltic isn’t known for its warm temperatures we would first need some drysuits before getting involved with any cold water diving.

Monday morning, once inside Santi’s headquarters we were immediately impressed with both the hospitality and layout of the office/workshop. The atmosphere was very welcoming and also visually pleasing. Highly saturated diving images and graffiti art were splashed across the white walls while a large assortment of dive gear seemed to be calling out to us.

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The first order of business was the measurements and there were many. This was our first time ordering dry suits and we were probably a bit too particular but they are really too expensive to have mistakes made. It was an interesting and rather warm experience as we layered ourselves in to thermals, heated vests, under suits and then the outer shells. Surely I would be warm in the Arctic but once everything was on I struggled to understand how exactly I was supposed to move; let alone dive and photograph in such an alien environment. If you’d like to learn more about the upcoming expedition, Artists for the Arctic; click here: http://www.elysiumepic.underwaterartists.com

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