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Compass T he A r t s HE SELLS SEA STILLS Forever entranced with the natural beauty of our bays and deep spaces, Photographer Jose Debasa gives us an intimate look at what’s going on just under the water’s surface. TEX T BY RYAN JARRELL PHOTOS BY JOSE DEBASA Entrepreneur, environmentalist & artist, Jose Debasa doesn’t let such trifling categories limit him. Passionate about the world’s waterways and the strange life that inhabits them, his photographs crystallize the wonders the cerulean areas of our cityscape offer. “The ocean has so much to offer,” he says. “People think I’m crazy to shoot pictures of sharks or go 60 feet underwater — but I think they’re crazy for living right next to the ocean and never experiencing it!” Always interested in the raw edge of nature, Debasa’s photographic adventures began at the age of 16, when he started to wander into The Everglades in search of alligators and other wetland fauna. Turning this adolescent pastime into a burgeoning enterprise, Debasa shoots some of the ocean’s deadliest creatures and breathtaking vistas for both business and pleasure. Available for fashion shoots, business branding and even family portraiture, Debasa’s keen eye can enliven any occasion; JoseDebasaPhotography.com. 26