Marine & Dive Co-ordinator Bolívar Sánchez
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.
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Freedive Photographer Michael DK – Suahuatica
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.
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Portrait Photographer Erena Shimoda
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.
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Fine Art Underwater Photographer Steve Richard
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!
Photographer Joe Hoddinott & Model Jess McIntern
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.
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Conceptual Photographer Lucie Drlikova
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.
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Art Nude & Lifestyle Photographer Damon Loble
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.
Activist, Artist, & Photographer Benjamin Von Wong
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.
Fantasy Fine Art Photographer Cheryl WalshIn episode ten, underwater portrait photographer Cheryl Walsh joins host Brett Stanley to discuss her beautiful fine art and how she uses large format inkjet printers to really bring her photographs to life.
Lifestyle and Surf Photographer Sarah LeeIn episode seven, host Brett Stanley is speaking with Hawaiian born surf and lifestyle photographer Sarah Lee. They chat about her life on the water, how she found her love for surf photography, and what it's like to photograph pro surfer Lakey Peterson for the cover of ESPN's The Body Issue!