Andy Hawes Portfolio, Water Sessions, Summer, 2020

Kayla Chang

Think portrait studio, fashion, and scene scape photography, and throw it all down on the Pacific floor:

 

Using the talents of local free diving models and the expertise of Scuba Tech Divers, I briefly train the models for candid or abstract expressions and body language.  I will often take a model and spend a few one-hour sessions diving and shooting and discussing overall body and facial definitions in context for the next scene scape.  I then use the technical help of Steven Apsley and Jennifer Alshemary of  "Oahu Dive Guide" to set the "studio".  We all team up, along with other free divers, to help the models with the dive and air management via hand-held or belt-worn weights. 

 

There are typically two sessions to prep for the shoot. First, we use the boat to bring out props and gear so we can scuba and free dive the prop(s) into place. Next comes a separate shooting session where we test dive and experiment with buoyancy management.  Buoyancy is both an artistic advantage and an impediment to the end goal.  Managing how the model dives relative to air/carbon dioxide is both an artistic endeavor and an arduous physical challenge.  "Hey, I need you to dive 20 feet, no fins, no mask, no snorkel, swim blindly to an object, compose a losing battle with balance, hang out for 20 seconds, and look candid.  Then swim back up and do it again another 20 times."  You get laughs, but by the end of the day, the labor from mild-surface-chop-induced sea sickness and dozens of dives has crept in, and we are spent.  We swim back in completely filled with exhaustion and the great hope that we've made a compelling and engaging image for the world.

Kayla Chang

Dallin Webb

Kayla Chang

Dallin Webb

Heather Hatcher

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