Positive Buoyancy

My recent exploration into underwater photography has rekindled a passion and interest in the medium that has been somewhat lacking over the past few months; thrown me out of the rut and into the sea. There’s a system, a ritual, almost, that goes with the process – methodically checking the cameras before entering the water, knowing that you only have 36 goes at getting it right before you need to get out, rinsing the cameras in fresh water… even the cameras themselves are ergonomically and aesthetically gratifying. I’ve always been a ‘the camera is just a tool’ kind of photographer, but I do have to admit that I do sometimes just sit and fondle a Nikonos while watching the news.
All the images here were made using a pair of Nikonos V (so I actually had 72 goes at getting it right before I had to get out…), 20mm and 35mm UW lenses and Kodak Tri-X 400 film, pushed one stop to 800. The film was expertly developed and scanned by William Temple at The Latent Image Processing in Shrewsbury, UK. Williams ‘huge’ scans are exquisite and he always gets the exact ‘look’ that I want, in this case, ‘Dark and moody’. Highly recommended.


  1. Alan Givens

    Funnily enough my favourite isn’t one of the under water shots but the one of the lady with the goggles on her her head and the gent behind.
    The under water images are ,are , well, stunning.

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