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Footage shot by remotely operated vehicle (RRS James Cook)

Technically the term 'truthing gap' refers to the necessity to verify sonar data with other findings, here it refers to the question of what we 'see' when looking at undersea environments and how our perceptions are formed.

The deep seabed constitutes the largest yet least known environment on the planet but is simultaneously subject to rapidly accelerating economic, political and ecological pressures. Problems of depth and visibility mean that undersea surveys are conducted using sonar rather than optically;  a circumstance which might be said to place the deep ocean 'beyond' the post enlightenment drive of science to render the world as observable phenomena. The work of Dr Le Bas and his colleagues seeks to minimize the challenges posed by such locations to attempts to map them, painstakingly cleaning and re-modelling raw data to achieve recognisable forms. For me this process and the visual practices to which it give rise are fascinating.