May 14, 2013

CornSoUP Resurrection 5

Cornsoup - Resurrection 5

CornSoUP Resurrection 5 – Dr Keith Hiscock

Speaking on ‘Photographing Cornwall’s Special Marine Life’


CornSoUP is in Falmouth again, this time as Resurrection 5 and is being held at The Watersports Centre on Monday 20th May; this is a free entry event with the doors opening at 7pm and Dr Hiscock will take the stage at 7.30pm.

Dr Hiscock Started diving in 1969 with the University of London BSAC club right here in Cornwall at Lamorna Cove, and his interest in the marine world started with shore and rock pool studies in his early teens. He has been diving around Britain over the past 44 years from the Southerly most tip of Cornwall to the Northerly most tip of Scotland and all points in between. On Lundy in 1969 he started a process that would establish the first Voluntary Marine Conservation Area (VMCA), and if you can think of a place that is next to the sea you will find his fin print on the way down to the water; just as he has left his mark on the marine biology world with his many survey papers and contributions to books. He is so well respected by marine taxonomists that he has a snail named after him, the Simnia hiscocki, even though he looks more like a seal in his kit when he walks back onto the shore.

This is a unique opportunity to hear Dr Hiscock talk about marine life around Cornwall, especially seeing as he has probably identified most of it during his early work back in the 70’s and 80’s. Later, he led the Marine Nature Conservation Review of Great Britain (MNCR) team which collected much of the data for the Marine Recorder resource, and in 1998, established the Marine Life Information Network for Britain and Ireland (MarLIN) at the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth. In all this time he has taken thousands of photographs and has a wealth of experience with underwater photography, at Cornsoup he is going to be sharing that knowledge with all who attend.

CornSoUP Resurrection has been re-introduced by Paul Ives, Charles Hood, Jane Morgan and Gaynor Bennet, and this will be the 5th successful offering where divers and students of the marine environment can be entertained by people who work in the field, and have traveled the world shooting video and photographs at a professional level.

Paul has been lecturing the Marine and Natural History Photography BA at Falmouth University, since he moved to Cornwall 16 months ago; Charles is a local skipper and diver with the RHIB Logan out of Penzance; Jane is currently a student on the MN&H BA at Falmouth University; and Gaynor is a part-time lecturer at the University and staff PADI instructor teaching the lucky 1st and 2nd years on the course. Their goal is to bring together the local diving community and students to enrich the experience for both with entertaining talks from world renowned professionals in their field, and with four talks a year, they are growing in success.

Previous talks have been on filming Arctic and Antarctic marine life by Jamie Watts at the first resurrection of CornSoUP in April 2012 and, in CornSoUP Resurrection 4 in April 2013, with award winning Jeff Goodman talking about filming techniques in different locations around the world with underwater photographer and journalist Jane Goodman in the second half talking about how to get work published.

These events are free of charge, and while primarily for the students on Paul’s BA course, are open to the general public as well, giving anyone that has an interest in the marine environment and photography or videography above and below the water an opportunity to tap into the wealth of knowledge being shared by professional photographers, videographers and journalists; these should not be missed by anyone and the future Cornsoup talks will have more exciting topics and speakers.



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