In episode #43 host Brett Stanley chats with Hal Wells, safety diver and co-owner of Hollywood Divers. Hal shares with us his experiences working on film sets, how he plans for underwater productions, and what it’s like to deal with talent and crew under the water.
They also discuss what it’s like being addicted to scuba diving, and how water people seem to be the most chill people around.
In episode #42, host Brett Stanley is joined by Antonio Lennert, life & business partner to Surf and Fine Art Photographer Lucas Murnaghan who tragically died in March this year of a rare cancer. As a way of memorialising Lucas they talk about his life and work, and how Antonio is keeping the memory alive by curating Lucas’ images – a lot of it previously unseen – into new gallery works and reissuing his book “Beneath the Surface”.
Brett’s chat with Antonio is a great introduction his interview with Lucas last year, which is included in today’s podcast episode. We hope you join with us in celebrating such a creative talent, and if you’d like to support Lucas’s family please consider purchasing his book or a print.
In episode #41, host Brett Stanley chats with experimental photographer Barbara Cole.
Barbara’s underwater work spans over 20 years and her approach to photography is akin to alchemy, where she pushes the boundaries of what can be done with the tools available – and even creating her own to accomplish the task. She’s had great success with vintage processing techniques such as Tin Type and Wet Collodion, and her images are more like paintings than they are photographs.
In episode #40, host Brett Stanley chats with underwater performer and actor Claire Friesen. Claire grew up fascinated with water, and solidified her love it with it when she discovered synchronized swimming. After competing on the Canadian National Team, she moved to Las Vegas to start her dream job of performing in the aquatic Cirque show Le Rêve – a mind bending extravaganza of aerial and underwater performance.
They chat about her work in TV, film, commercials, and how freediving helps to keep her in tune with her surroundings.
In episode #39, host Brett Stanley chats with underwater director of photography Zac Macaulay.
Zac’s career has taken him from assisting in his younger days to a sort after stills photographer shooting underwater commercials for large brands, and now a cinematographer working out of his base in Brighton, England.
They chat about his start in the industry, what kind of work he enjoys the most, and how different it is shooting stills as opposed to motion.
In episode #38, host Brett Stanley chats with Linden Wolbert. Linden is a professional mermaid who’s pioneered the world of mermaiding, from creating her own tail with a special effects artist to now having her own line of Body Glove tails for kids available worldwide.
She talks about how she moved from behind the camera as a wildlife filmmaker to being in front of it and presenting her own educational program to help kids understand the ocean better. We discuss her work as an underwater stunt person, and how she got to work with Westley from the Princess Bride!
In episode #37, host Brett Stanley chats with Canadian photographer Meaghan Ogilvie. Meaghan is an underwater fine art photographer, and whilst based in Toronto she travels quite extensively and creating beautiful underwater images as she goes. She’s shown her work in galleries worldwide, and we talk about what that process is like and how the pandemic has change that landscape.
Meaghan shares her visions of the future and we talk about what it’s like to spend a few weeks on a sailboat with other underwater artists.
In episode #36, host Brett Stanley chats with actor Eline Powell about her work as a mermaid on the now sadly cancelled show Siren.
They talk about her training for the part, the intense days filming underwater, and how learning to move underwater really informed the actor’s movements on land. She also talks about how the experience has changed her, and how she’d much rather be a mermaid than learn the violin!
In episode #35, host Brett Stanley chats with dive photographer Alex Dawson.
Alex talks about his experiences diving in his homeland of Sweden, learning to cave dive in old mines, and how he evolved his lighting styles. They cover his approach to photographing wrecks and divers, and how his fear of water has made him a better diver.
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In episode #34, host Brett Stanley chats with visual artist Christy Lee Rogers. Christy has a unique approach to underwater photography as she shoots from above the water – capturing the movements and contortions of her models below the surface and creating these amazing painting-like images that tell all sorts of stories to the viewer.
They speak about how she found her process to create these photos, how music plays a large part in her work, and what the COVID-19 lockdowns has done to make her pivot her business.