Stunning photographs show what lies beneath
Like the proverbial ‘calm’ swan who’s paddling like crazy, this stunning photo-series shows that what you see on the surface isn’t always reflected underneath.
‘For me one of the most wondrous parts of any dive is the moment that the water engulfs my mask as my head slips below the surface,’ explains British-born, and now Aussie-based, photographer Matty Smith.
‘I think it’s the suspense of the unknown of what lies beneath,’ he adds.
Also an experienced diver, he specialises in ‘half over half underwater images’ that marry the wet, unfamiliar world of the Pacific Ocean, with our dry, familiar landscape.
The results offer a tantalising glimpse into a secret underwater world.
‘The dynamics of the changing water line across my lens port produces beautiful and unpredictable curves, which is also an added element of mystery,’ says Matty.
‘I have the worlds biggest playground at my feet, the Pacific Ocean….. And I have truly fallen in love with it’
Photo Shows: “Your Move” – American Crocodile, Jardines de la Reina, Cuba.
So for this shot I'm deep in a Cuban saltwater mangrove snorkelling in about 2 feet of murky water and looking at this through the viewfinder, the business end of a wild 2.5 meter American saltwater crocodile (not an alligator). Now my photography has led me into a few interesting situations in the past, but this takes the cake. I'm staying as still as can be and mumbling profusely to myself "Focus, frame, just get the shot" One of the most exhilarating moments of my life! After our brief standoff he turned around and drifted off into the cloudy green water.
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