This photographic work continues my interest in the confluence of art, science and the natural world.  For a number of years I had been photographing the interplay of light and water in Delaware Bay mostly during the summer months. Then one day I saw a horseshoe crab (scientific name Limulus polyphemus) swimming on its back. It was a complete surprise.  I had never seen this before despite years of coming upon stray horseshoe crabs washed up on the beaches in Lewes and the barrier islands to the south.  The horseshoe crab then became a sort of muse opening up a world that I am exploring photographically in the bay during spawnings and in the laboratory thanks to scientists and an Artist Residency at the University of Delaware's School of Marine Science and Policy, College of Earth, Ocean and Environment in Lewes.

The term deep time refers to geological time and encompasses the age of the earth which scientists estimate to be about 4.5 billion years old.  The oldest fossilized horseshoe crab ancestor, Lunataspis Aurora (Crescent moon shield of the dawn), is estimated to be 445 million years old and was discovered in Manitoba, Canada in 2008.  It looks remarkably similar to the living Limulus polyphemus and the other three horseshoe crab species in Asia.

This creative process engages me in contemplating time, space, evolution, creation, interconnectedness, and human existence.

The photobook, Deep Time, is scheduled to be published in early spring 2019 by The Eriskay Connection, Breda, Netherlands.

LYNN ALLEVA LILLEY Deep Time (new work)
LYNN ALLEVA LILLEY Deep Time (new work)
LYNN ALLEVA LILLEY Deep Time (new work)

LYNN ALLEVA LILLEY Deep Time (new work)
LYNN ALLEVA LILLEY Deep Time (new work)
LYNN ALLEVA LILLEY Deep Time (new work)

LYNN ALLEVA LILLEY Deep Time (new work)
LYNN ALLEVA LILLEY Deep Time (new work)
LYNN ALLEVA LILLEY Deep Time (new work)

LYNN ALLEVA LILLEY Deep Time (new work)
LYNN ALLEVA LILLEY Deep Time (new work)
LYNN ALLEVA LILLEY Deep Time (new work)

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