Bloody Bay exhibit debuts in DC

A documentary about the changing face of Little Cayman’s Bloody Bay Wall had its premiere at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington, DC, at the weekend. 

Exploring Bloody Bay Wall, directed and produced by David Conover, debuted on Sunday, 25 March, as part of the Washington DC Environmental Film Festival.  

The 13-minute documentary features photographer Jim Hellemn as he photographs a portion of Great Wall on Bloody Bay Wall in the summer of 2010 when a group of scientists and filmmakers gathered to explore, dive and record changes on the reef. 

Mr. Hellemn used equipment specially designed to create a super-size composite image of the wall. He shot an area of Bloody Bay Wall that he had previously photographed in 1999, so scientists could more closely examine how the pristine coral reef had changed in a decade. His 1999 images were featured in National Geographic magazine. 

Exploring Bloody Bay Wall, following its debut, will be featured in aquaria throughout the world. 

Speaking to the Caymanian Compass after he had completed photographing the wall in 2010, assisted by Cayman photographer Courtney Platt, Mr. Hellemn explained: “It took about six working days to shoot all of the actual frames that are required to make the Great Wall West image,” adding that the team spent between 30 and 50 hours underwater. 

Mr. Hellemn is also responsible for the images of Bloody Bay Wall on the tile mosaic mural on the walls of the Camana Bay observation tower and his work is on display in the Ritz Carlton Hotel on Grand Cayman and at the Little Cayman Beach Resort on Little Cayman. 

The photographer’s work will also be featured in an exhibit titled Creatures of Light, which opens on Saturday, 31 March, at the American Natural History Museum in New York. That exhibit explores the phenomena of bioluminescence in nature. 

Exploring Bloody Bay Wall, directed and produced by David Conover, debuted on Sunday, 25 March, as part of the Washington DC Environmental Film Festival.  

Jim Hellemn filming

Cameramen test equipment prior to photographing a portion of Bloody Bay Wall in summer 2010. – PHOTO: Jason Belport
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