Marylebone & Fitzrovia magazine January 2017

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All photography by Oli Anderson


once read that James Cameron, acclaimed film director and the first solo diver to reach earth’s deepest point in a souped-up submarine, took inspiration for the phantasmagoric world of Avatar from the underwater realm. Drifting over a radiant reef in Indonesia’s remote Raja Ampat islands, surrounded by pulsating coral walls and vast schools

all photography by oli anderson

of technicolour fish, the similarities are striking. This reef, I think, could inspire more than a film. It could inspire an entire people to migrate beneath the waves and live out a siren-like fantasy for evermore. Raja Ampat is the sort of wilderness that dreams are made of; a sequin trail of limestone outcrops, some tangled with jungle and some edged with ivory sand, scattered off the