We met Jeanine Grasmeijer under the water. Appears she is a real mermaid.
So this is the picture with the big results.
I am not talking only about the Sony World Photography Awards now. But about the results it had on my private and profesional life.
It was last year this time i took the picture. I was working for a photography company, driving an old second hand car and just bought myself a new Nauticam underwater housing for my old trusty Canon reflex camera.
People told me I was crazy for buying this. After all in a time of 4K Gopro´s why on earth spending so much money on a housing for a not very new Canon reflex?
My answer, that I loved my camera and that I loved being underwater and that most of all I wished to take with me my old trusty camera didn´t really convinced any of them.
Anyhow I got my Nauticam and I was happy as a fish to take it with me each time I could submerge. Ofcourse I started to experiment and to do free shootings just in order to try out the possibilities and to practise. Once again people told me I was crazy to offer free shootings and spend so much time on it.
One shoot I volunteerd to do was to follow a training session of the Trikids Team in SandsBeach Resort. There was also an open water component to the session, so i stuffed my diving gear in the old second hand car and went on my way. Just a street further the car gave up. I had two options. To cancel the free shoot or to take the diving equipement out of the car, grab my camera and start walking. Ofcourse I did the latest. While walking over the street with a divetank on my back and a camera in my hands, people watched me as if I was crazy.
But I loved the shoot and I loved the results! I decided to publish them and put my name on them. Once again some people must have thought i was crazy because I was called in by my boss.
Although his photography company didn´t offer underwater photography services, not even sports for that matter. And although I did the shoot on my free time with my own gear, I got the message I couldn´t publish any pictures underneath my own name as long as I worked for him.
Ofcourse it was obvious what I did (knowing I am crazy after all!) ;)
I reseigned and decided to become self employed and to do what makes me most happy. To be underwater with my camera.
So maybe you can understand now, why it was significant for me. To be there on my birthday in the Summerset House in London and to stand next to my picture. To see my picture printed in a book. It is a proof it doesn´t matter if you´re crazy as long as your happy while being it.
Thanks to all the people that love and support me no matter my crazyness.
Just a few weeks ago Tine Deckers draw my attention. There are a few reasons for that:
1. She is from Belgium, just like me :)
2. She trains in Sands Beach Resort, my second home.
3. She is a completely awesome triathlete which she just proved winning the Ironman in Puerto Rico last March.
4. We never met but I figured out she lives in the apartment above me. It is a small world and Lanzarote is a tiny island! :D
So I decided to send her a message to congratulate her on her latest victory and we ended up one morning together in the Plaza Verde Sands Beach Resort pool.
Apart from being a great athlete, she resulted to be a very nice person!
Here are some of the pictures I took during her training session.
Sands Beach Resort acogió la segunda jornada de acuatlón de los Juegos Insulares de Promoción Deportiva del Cabildo de Lanzarote.
Puedes ver el reportaje completo aqui:
3 Reasons to book an underwater maternity photoshoot / 3 Razones para reservar una sesión de fotos de maternidad bajo el agua.
Being surrounded by water helps us relax. Maybe it brings us back to our very first months of our
existence. Where we were surrounded in a warm safe environment, floating in our mommy's belly.
Or maybe it is the sounds. Under the water there is no complete silence. Sounds get filtered,
transformed, diminished. Making it possible to disconnect from the daily noise.
Being underwater makes you feel impervious of prying eyes. Without googles your vision is blurred
which makes you feel invisible for the world.
Different from a regular photoshoot in a studio, an underwater photoshoot gives you the unique
experience to feel connected with your baby floating weightless in the same medium. Without
feeling observed or interrupted. Relax and enjoy the experience.
The resulting photograph is an extra gift on top of this priceless experience.
El estar rodeado de agua ayuda a relajarse. Tal vez nos lleva de nuevo a nuestros primeros meses de
nuestra existencia, donde estábamos rodeados de un ambiente cálido y seguro, flotando en el vientre
de nuestra madre.
O tal vez es el sonido. Bajo el agua no hay silencio completo. Los sonidos se filtran, transforman,
disminuyen. Por lo que es posible desconectarse del mundanal ruido.
Estar bajo el agua te hace sentir indiferente a miradas indiscretas. Sin gafas su visión es borrosa lo
que te hace sentir invisible para el mundo.
Diferente de una sesión de fotos regulare en un estudio, una sesión de fotos bajo el agua le ofrece la
experiencia única de sentirse conectada con su bebé, flotando en el mismo medio. Sin sentirse
observada o interrumpida. Relajarse y disfrute de la experiencia.
La fotografía resultante es un regalo extra a parte de la increíble experiencia.
I am very honoured to be shortlisted for the Sony World Photograhy Awards 2016 in the split second category with my image 1,2,3 set!
The image shows Joss Norse Evans, a member of the Tri Kids Team trained by the legendary Bella Bayliss. The Tri Kids were training hard as usual, when I joined them for a session in the Sands Beach Resort pool and took the image.
Sands Beach Resort in Lanzarote is the training place of choice for many international athletes and I always enjoy being in their very nice olympic pool for photo sessions.
The shortlisted image will be shown in the exhibition in the Summerset House in London from the 22nd of April until 8th of May.
Furthermore it will be printed in the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards Book.
You can order your entry tickets for the exhibition here, aswell as pre-order a copy of the book.
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