Posts tagged: underwater photography

Idyllic Photos of Summertime


Rio © Micheal McLaughlin. Courtesy Robin Rice Gallery 


Max’s Balloons, Santa Monica, CA © 2013 Joanne Dugan

In celebration of the joys of summer comes Summertime, a book published by Chronicle Books and edited by photographer Joanne Dugan.

As it should be, it’s chock full of idyllic, witty, and wistful images of summer, and is justifiably dominated by water-centric images that result in a strong yearning to be relaxing poolside or on some remote beach, enjoying an unplugged vacation. One can dream…

Photo du Jour: A Fuzzy Green Florida Manatee with Baby


© Jimmy White / Offset

In the shallow waters of Florida, photographer and conservationist Jimmy White captures a tender moment shared between a mother manatee and her calf, who will remain nursing and dependent for one to two years after birth. As a chairman of the board of directors of Sea to Shore Alliance, Inc., White knows a thing or two about the endangered creatures, and his work is geared towards their conservation as well as that of right whales and sea turtles.

Photo du Jour: Swimming Elephants of the Andaman Islands

Olivier Blaise

The Andaman Islands are a group of archipelagic islands floating in the sparkling blue-green waters of the Bay of Bengal, between the Indian peninsula and Burma. Twenty-seven of the 500 isles in the archipelago are inhabited, and because of the heavily forested land, inhabitants have relied on the timber industry as their main source of income. But it’s not just the people who are doing the work—elephants are used on the islands to transport cut wood.

French photographer Olivier Blaise goes underwater to capture companion elephants Sarasu and Chandi in Swimming Elephants. Both belong to a wealthy landlord on the islands. The elephants work between isles and have been trained to swim to the next isle where more work awaits—here, one of them makes the trek. And though the timber work is hard, the Hindu god depicted with an elephant head, Ganesh, ensures that these elephants are well honored—as a rule, these working mammals have Sundays off and their work days end at 3pm.

Noriko Yabu’s Remarkable Underwater Nude Self Portraits (NSFW)

Noriko Yabu

Noriko Yabu

Of the classical elements, water is perhaps the one associated with its intuitive, creative, and emotional qualities. It is no surprise, then, that water was the well from which Japanese photographer Noriko Yabu’s series Suisou sprang.

Photos Look at the Lives of Sea Nomads Living off the Coast of Burma and Thailand


Their relationship with the ocean is extraordinary, traditionally living up to nine months of the year on boats, learning to swim before they can walk, and perceiving the ocean as their natural habitat. Living as hunters and gatherers, they are living without materialistic desires, and have long been protected from influence from the mainland. The modern world is entering theirs, and slowly they are losing their religion to ours.—Sofie Olsen

Oslo-based photographer Sofie Olsen has been working in cooperation with an initiative called Project Moken, a multimedia platform in the works of making a documentary film about the lives of indigenous sea nomads living off the coastline of Burma and Thailand. Often inspired to photograph communities that exist on the fringe of society, Olsen found the Moken people and “their 3500-year-old culture as being one with the ocean” especially interesting. She learned to scuba dive so she could follow the men underwater as they hunted, capturing beautiful, quiet and intimate photographs. Olsen says of the several diving expeditions she has been on, “The feeling of weightlessness must be the closest I will ever get to fly, floating in an element where I am an alien makes me totally vulnerable and humble to the grandness of nature.”

Stunning Photos of Freedivers Interacting with Sharks, Dolphins, Whales and Rays

Wayne-Levin underwater photography

Wayne Levin captures all things ocean—freedivers, surfers, whales, dolphins, seals, sharks, rays, and shipwrecks—and that’s just a short list of his exquisite subjects. Exploring the mysterious depths of the underwater world has been an ongoing passion for the Hawaii-based photographer for more than 20 years, and he has done so working with black-and-white, a detail that seems to enhance the beauty and secrets of the sea.

Photos of Everyday Objects Transformed into Sea Creatures

Kim Preston

Plastic Pacific is a series by Austrailia-based photographer Kim Preston exploring the devastating impact of plastics accumulation in oceans around the globe. Inspired to educate viewers, she addresses the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a mass of plastic waste currently floating in the North Pacific. Alluding to the threats this problem brings, Preston cleverly transforms everyday household objects into the sea creatures likely to be affected.

Stunning Photos of Zooplankton by Joan Costa

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In 2010 Joan Costa captured these amazing photographs of Zooplankton in the Pacific Ocean while on the biggest expedition ever on global change and the ocean’s biodiversity (the Malaspina expedition). The zooplankton, usually too small to be seen with the naked eye, was photographed between Sydney and Honolulu.

Fearless Photographer Michael Muller Discusses Swimming with Sharks

shark Michael-Muller photography

Los Angeles-based photographer Michael Muller’s fascination with sharks started when he was a kid surfing Northern California waves amongst the plentiful great white’s. Since then he has photographed sharks around the world in places such as the Galapagos Islands, South Africa, Fiji and Guadalupe Island.

Breathtaking Photos of Deep Sea Creatures by Mark Laita

tasselata-eel Mark LaitaTasselata Eel

Internationally award-winning photographer Mark Laita has focused his vast technical and artistic expertise on the creatures of the deep.

In Sea, with cutting-edge photographic techniques, Laita unveils the full splendor and otherworldliness of the ocean’s inhabitants. Rippling reflections, stark backdrops, and surprising angles lay bare the astonishing beauty of the life that teems under the water’s surface.

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