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Drink it in: A Love of Photos, Science & Water Collide

WSJ :: Photo Journal

By Chelsea Matiash

Waterlust, a nonprofit group founded by marine science students Patrick Rynne, Fiona Graham and Jennah Caster, uses photography and multimedia to document and explore water-centric stories, from science to sport. A passion for all things aquatic is paramount to the team, whose ventures in photography, social media and even scientific experiments hinge on one question: What does water mean to you?

In December, they employed photography in an experiment conducted by CARTHE to study coastal currents and how they affect the transport of oil in Destin, Fla. The team attached a GoPro Hero 3 to a Y6, a drone-like 3D Robotics vehicle and took continuous aerial photographs of the dye releases in order to visualize how and where the dye moved over time.

The group’s photographs aren’t solely devoted to scientific research. “Some are aimed at communicating marine science and research to the general public in a fun, informative way,” Ms. Graham said. “Others are purely to remind the world how important and unique water is to our overall happiness.”

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