The Virgin Island's Steve Simonsen has made an international reputation for himself specializing in marine photography.
The St. John resident's underwater images of divers, coral reefs, and fish have been published in magazines including Caribbean Travel & Life, Scuba Diving and Sport Diver. His work is also on display in his book, Living Art.
Recently, Simonsen's been drawn to video projects, one of which will be shown in rough cut at the Marketplace Thursday night. He will talk about the experience of making the film "Leatherbacks of St. Croix."
The documentary focuses on the conservation of Leatherback sea turtles at Sandy Point Wildlife Refuge on St Croix. Working alongside members of the Fish and Wildlife Service and The West Indies Marine Animal Research and Conservation Service, Steve hopes the film will help raise awareness of the endangered creatures to help protect, recover and sustain the threatened and endangered marine animals of the West Indies.
Leatherbacks is one of two projects being shown at St. John Film Society's Free Movie Night Thursday. The other chronicles diminishing 'spawning schools' in the VI's. Fishermen are struggling to preserve their livelihoods, and scientists from the University of the Virgin Islands are racing to understand how to restore and maintain fish populations across the Caribbean.