A “modern-day pirate,” 75-year-old Ray Ives has been diving for sunken treasure for decades, and even wears an ancient, bronze-helmeted diving suit to search the ocean floor. This gorgeous documentary follows the adventurer via land, sea, and air; filmmaker Amanda Bluglass explains how they did it in interview with The Atlantic:
Ray keeps his huge collection of marine salvage in a shipping container at Dylan’s marina. Ray is 75 and still dives most days and still picks up anything of interest from the seabed. When I entered Ray’s ‘museum’ of treasure and got to know Ray, I knew I had a sure-fire hit for a film subject on my hands. It was like walking into an Aladdin’s cave of artifacts, memorabilia and dive gear. Everywhere you look there is something fascinating, beautiful or just plain weird, and Ray has a lifetime of adventures to tell.
End of the Parade: Coatesville, Pa., 1920, by Charles Demuth
Vanitas, 1981, by Claudio Bravo