Light filters through a kelp forest to illuminate the water below in this image from photographer Eiko Jones.

Artist seeks crowd funding for exhibit, book

Photographer Eiko Jones hopes to raise environmental awareness through images of undersea world

Because, you know, I’m all about that bass!

That could be Eiko Jones, local world-class photographer, humming Meghan Trainer’s hit pop song while he photographs watersheds and the ocean around Discovery Passage and beyond.

Except Jones isn’t looking for bass, he is capturing the beauty and diversity of salmon, starfish, octopi, kelp and more.

Jones has big plans to create an exhibition of his work and a coffee table book about wild salmon, the watersheds and the Pacific Ocean for environmental awareness. While a worthy idea in its own right, the most amazing effect of his beautiful and captivating images is the feeling they evoke from the viewer.

Few of us are able to see what is below the water we are surrounded by, but we get a glimpse into that world through Jones’s eyes.

When you meet Jones, he looks impossibly tall, with that rugged outdoor adventurer air about him.

Don’t be fooled; that is just his shyness bubbling to the surface. Start a conversation about cleaning streams and protecting oceans, and good luck getting him to stop talking.

Guests at the recent grand opening of the Berwick By The Sea Retirement Community in Campbell River were treated to a display of his images and found them breathtaking. If you ever get to see Eiko’s artwork in that facility, you will almost feel you should be paying an admission charge for the tour.

Setting up an Exhibition of Images with a theme such as Environmental Awareness or publishing a similar coffee table book costs money. In order to raise funds and gift donors, Jones has set up a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign.

To support a local National Geographic-published photographer and be part of his upcoming Fine Art Exhibition for Environmental Awareness, check out his campaign at www.kickstarter.com. Search for Eiko Jones. He will pop right up – with no treble!