About the book
The world’s great oceans are largely beyond most people’s experience and imagination. But for the past three decades or more, a tragedy has been unfolding
out of sight on the open ocean.
Hundreds of thousands of seabirds, albatrosses especially, have been snared
accidentally by long-line fishing vessels.
After living and working among an abundance of albatrosses thirty five years ago on a remote island in the Southern Ocean, Bruce Pearson returned recently to see
what had happened to some of the birds he had known so well.
Troubled Waters offers insights into our understanding of the seabird’s lives and the ocean environment, and inspires new engagement and identification with an extraordinarily urgent conservation crisis.
Another superb addition to the Langford Press Wildlife Art Series… Bruce’s lovely watercolours and pencil drawings which richly illustrate this book were all done outside, often in extreme weather conditions. They capture the rugged scenery, the “jizz” of the birds and the action around the fishing vessels perfectly. This is an important and unique record of an ongoing conservation crisis and I highly recommend it.
John Savory Scottish Birds 133:3 2013
This important book is one artist’s response to the tragedy engulfing albatrosses…..This is a hauntingly beautiful study of a conservation crisis that exists at sea far from our usual view.
BBC Wildlife Magazine Nov 2012
A thought provoking personal story and portfolio of art that brings to life the open ocean and responds to an urgent contemporary conservation issue-the loss of upwards of 300,000 birds every year, mostly due to longline fisheries…..Weaving together all the strands of a 35 year adventure Troubled Waters tells the tale of award-winning visual artist and field naturalist Bruce Pearson’s personal journey following the lives of albatrosses….In a unique collaboration between art and conservation, Troubled Waters transforms a passion for albatrosses into a thought-provoking personal story, at the same time bringing to life the open ocean and it’s birds.
Birdwatch November 2012