Thursday, January 23, 2014

My First Underwater Photograph

When I was in Miami for Art Week, I was fortunate to have an amazing assistant, Elisabeth Murray. Her daughter, Daniela, happens to be a Brazilian national golfer, and I immediately asked to photograph her for Athletes Among Us. With the help of my friend, Jeremy Saladyga, I came up with the idea of a golfer "playing through" in a swimming pool. It's one of those ideas that sounds great until you actually try to do it. 

Many complications ensued, including a freezing swimming pool, aprehensive volunteers, an uncooperative golfball, and my total lack of understanding of underwater photography. But the most difficult challenge we faced was buoyancy:

Finally, it all came together. Daniela and I hit the bottom at the same moment, and I shot this one frame before she floated away:

I can't wait to do it again. Next time I'll bring a weight belt. And a snorkel! Check out the full series at