When you really think of how to be a more ocean-friendly person it changes your whole lifestyle. Every second breath you take comes from the ocean and it’s so important to have an understanding of a shared planet – I always say it should have been called Planet Ocean. Our work is an expression of our love for the ocean and we believe the ocean belongs to all of us. The oceans deserve exploration and protection: less than 5% of the ocean is explored, can you believe that more people have been to the moon than the Mariana Trench? Freediving is a toolkit to explore the oceans and meet the marine life there – it is the purest way to experience the ocean. The manta ray is an embodiment of how little we know about marine life, and in the exhibition, there is an image of myself diving and playing with a large female ray. We swam together for three hours! I even swam under her and I blew bubbles up onto her stomach which scared the fish off her back so she loved it! We have to do more to protect marine life too: dolphins are sadly still in captivity and they need our voices – on land they are silent but in water, they are very loud!
Hanli’s exhibition ‘The Last Wilderness’ is currently open at The Haven, 29/F, Wyndham Place, 40-44 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong. Please see The Haven’s page for more information.