An adventurous autobiography from one of the great legends and true gentleman of diving: Sea Salt: Memories and Essays by Stan Waterman.
Faced with the decision to remain a New England blueberry farmer or take a chance on a life of adventure like his heroes Hans Hass and Jacques Cousteau, Stan Waterman chose the latter. Sea Salt is the handiwork of a born storyteller with a flair for language as stoked with imagery and insight as his films. Liberally sprinkled with humor, verve and singular turns of phrase, his autobiography and selected writings deftly portray the joys and travails of a diving pioneer and legend.
"... And not just a gentleman but a filmmaker, an adventurer, an explorer, a daredevil, a gallant, a poet, an intimate of creatures as exquisitely exotic as the leafy sea dragon and the sloe-eyed cuttlefish and – this above all – a true pioneer in the discovery of our last frontier, the sea. Stan Waterman has spent more than half a century in, on and under the sea, and in these pages he takes you with him on the amazing ride he calls his life. There is excitement enough in his encounters with wild animals and weird people to fill a hundred lives and all their fantasies. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to dive in the open ocean with a huge school of certifiably anthropophagous sharks as they gorge on the carcass of a whale … at night? Probably not. But hang on, because when Stan recounts scenes from the filming of the classic 1971 documentary feature film, Blue Water, White Death, you’ll be there beside him, and astonished that anyone lived to tell the tale.
"-- From Forward by Peter Benchley (Author of Jaws).
Born in 1923, Stan was a blueberry farmer in Maine for a while, then in the 1950's he converted a fishing trawler into a charter dive boat and angled the bow toward the Bahamas. For a decade he eked out a living traveling the back roads of America showing his hand-spliced films. In 1965 Stan took his family to live and play in Tahiti. Success was launched when National Geographic purchased rights to their tropical odyssey. Later he directed underwater photography for the film version of The Deep, followed by ten years of production work with friend Peter Benchley for ABC - in the process he garnered five Emmys.
To find out more about Stan Waterman go to: http://www.stanwaterman.com
320 pages, including 67 photographs.