As a surfer and photographer I naturally love any kind of underwater photography so when I saw Mark Tipples “Underwater Project” I freaked out.
As an accomplished documentary photographer, in the past Mark has used the ocean as an escape for some solace away from his projects. Lately, while between projects he’s been “hanging out” below the surface trying to capture what happens while swimming on a slow summer’s day.
“Coming from a surfing background I used to wonder what happens when we’re duck-diving, like, what it looks like from a different angle than what we can see. Kinda hard to explain but it has always been on my mind. I used to surf with a small video camera and housing attached to my helmet, (pauses) it worked surprisingly well but my neck couldn’t take the impact and stress while trying to duck-dive and capture the right angle. Even tried to turn it back on myself to see what happens clearer but that, uh, sucked (laughs). I looked for a new approach to capture what I was seeking, which basically meant getting off the surfboard.”
To see more and to order the Underwater Project book visit: http://theunderwaterproject.com
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