Alien Hunt © Alexander Semenov
Hunting Cyanea capillata. White Sea, Russia
Alexander Semenov graduated as a marine biologist from the department of Zoology at Lomonosov’s Moscow State University in 2007. Specializing in the study of invertebrate animals, he began his working career at the White Sea Biological Station (WSBS) as a senior laborer and progressed to become chief of the diving team after four years.
Operating from the WSBS at the Kindo peninsula on the border of the Arctic Circle, Semenov is also a gifted and patient underwater photographer – unbelievably, looking at the extraordinary images he creates, he is self-taught. Generously sharing his work (“Flickr”, “Behance”, “thisiscolossal.com”, “twistedsifter.com”, “1x.com” etc.) with those of us far distant from the Karelian Coast on the White Sea, Semenov creates breathtakingly beautiful images that alternately can look like strange extra-terrestrial organisms, or exquisite fine-art glass-blown sculptures.