“To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture a fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.”
To photograph underwater is a unique, challenging and ultimately satisfying experience for me as a photographic artist. There is an element of uncertainty when photographing underwater due to the very nature of water, the technical requirements, and the realization that being totally submerged is not a natural state for people. Time and place are suspended underwater. The combination of flowing fabrics and human form together with the play of light, create an ethereal experience requiring patient attention to the subject’s movement, camera settings and artificial lighting. Images are captured in-camera with comprehensive post-production in Photoshop to correct backscatter floating in the water and other image polishing, culminating in beautiful prints created here in the studio. I never cease to be amazed by the untold beauty offered by such a simple element as water, this precious resource sustains and nourishes us. The natural beauty offered beneath the surface of all the Earth’s waters fascinates and inspires me.