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.
In episode #33, host Brett Stanley chats with Underwater Cinematographer Vance Burberry. Vance has had an amazing career starting as a lighting designer for Australian Rock bands and now working as a sort after underwater DP in America.
He’s got some great stories about using film, his experiences chasing submarines for the latest Bad Bunny music video, and how rolling film around an edit suit can give you some crazy visual effects.
In episode #32, host Brett Stanley chats with Marine and dive coordinator Bo Sanchez.
Based in the Dominican Republic, Bo supervises the ultra large outdoor water tank build by Pinewood Studios and his team works on many of the productions that come to the island to shoot – including huge action films like Triple X, The Mummy, and The Man From Uncle.
Bo talks through how he trains talent for their underwater scenes, whether he prefers open water or tanks, and what it’s like to ride motorbikes across the surface of water with Vin Diesel.
In episode #31, host Brett Stanley is strapping on the fins and talking with freedive photographer Michael DK – also known as Suahuatica. Originally from the Netherlands, Michael grew up on a sailboat with his parents – sailing around the Mediterranean and nurturing a love of the ocean.
We chat about his experiences travelling the world shooting in underwater caves, why he’s using his mobile phone to take more photos these days, and how he uses Instagram as a way to meet new people and clients.
In episode twenty nine we’re honoring Breast Cancer Awareness month with underwater photographer Erena Shimoda.
Erena works with cancer and trauma survivors to give them an experience like no other, and a way to help them heal emotionally through the therapeutic immersion. Erena raised money to fund her work, donating almost half of it to charity and the rest to photograph 13 cancer survivors.
We talk about her approach to this work, and how her own trauma helps her guide others through the process.
In episode twenty seven host Brett Stanley is talking with Fine Art Photographer Steve Richard. Steve has an amazing take on underwater photography, his approach is quite unique and results in a beautiful painterly feel to his images.
They chat about building a personal dogma to help find your artistic voice, and how people can approach work in very different ways. Oh, and Steve is a demon with the delete button!
In episode twenty six, for Breast Cancer Awareness month host Brett Stanley is sharing some stories of people using the underwater experience as part of their therapy, and this week we’re talking to Model Jess McIntern and her partner Photographer and Illustrator Joe Hoddinott.
In 2016 Jess was diagnosed with breast cancer, and as you’ll hear in the interview they came up with a pretty special way to document her path to recovery that also took her mind off the treatments.
In episode twenty one, host Brett Stanley chats with underwater photographer Lucie Drlikova in the beautiful city of Prague, in the Czech Republic.
Lucie’s work is a beautiful mix of fantasy, wonder, and perfectly executed concepts. She makes a lot of the set pieces, props, and outfits herself – and combined with her crisp clean post production her underwater images really come to life.
They chat about her travels, finding her love for underwater photography, the celebrity and charity projects she’s been involved in, and a very cool technique for helping her clients relax in the water.
In episode fifteen, host Brett Stanley is discussing lifestyle and nude photography with LA based photographer Damon Loble. Damon has a wonderfully lo-fi style about his images, reminiscent of photos from the 70’s and 80s, and his work with scuba divers totally reminds me of the Hardy Boy’s book covers I used to see as a kid.
Damon also works as a DIT on commercial photoshoots, a job that entails colour correcting files on the fly so the clients can approve the images – this gives him a huge head-start when it comes to grading his own photos.
We chat about the beauty of the Miami sunrise, working with models in the cold open waters of southern California, and how to perfect the elusive under/over shot that he’s so well known for.
In episode twelve, host Brett Stanley is talking to Activist, Artist, and Photographer Benjamin Von Wong. Ben’s work is probably best described as epic, ranging from his earlier photography work which had him collaborating with amazing subjects around the world, to his latest installation work building incredible sculptures and artworks from unusual objects that hope to provoke and motivate people to take action on issues like recycling, child hunger, and of course our oceans.
Whilst not a full time underwater photographer, Ben has created some incredible imagery with very little experience, and his journey from playing in a pool with friends to tying models to shipwrecks is really inspiring.