The Underwater Project – documenting swimmers with Canon EOS 7D

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The other day, we discovered this breathtaking (pun intended) collection of Canon EOS 7D (reviews) underwater photographs called “The Underwater Project” by Mark Tipple.

Here's one of Mark's stills… see the video below:

Streak by Mark Tipple - part of the Underwater Project - click to see more

Streak by Mark Tipple - part of the Underwater Project - click to see more

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The video of the project

The Underwater Project from Mark Tipple on Vimeo.

Documenting life below the surface.

theunderwaterproject.com
facebook.com/​theunderwaterproject
flickr.com/​photos/​marktipple
marktipple.com

“I've always been intrigued by what happens below the surface, like what's happening where we can't see.” While watching the slide-show on Mark's laptop I'm amazed at the detail of this ‘other world' that's portrayed with his selection.

As an accomplished documentary photographer, in the past Mark has used the ocean as an escape for some solace away from his projects. Lately, while between projects he's been “hanging out” below the surface trying to capture what happens while swimming on a slow summer's day.

“Coming from a surfing background I used to wonder what happens when we're duck-diving, like, what it looks like from a different angle than what we can see. Kinda hard to explain but it has always been on my mind. I used to surf with a small video camera and housing attached to my helmet, (pauses) it worked surprisingly well but my neck couldn't take the impact and stress while trying to duck-dive and capture the right angle. Even tried to turn it back on myself to see what happens clearer but that, uh, sucked (laughs). I looked for a new approach to capture what I was seeking, which basically meant getting off the surfboard.”

Music: Together We Will Live Forever by Clint Mansell
myspace.com/​clintmansell

Shot with a Canon 7D, Tokina 10-17 and SPL Waterhousing



Snip from Mark's site

What started as an idea to break into the editorial news industry quickly turned into a project of it's own.

In late 2009 I was looking for a way to bring light to the humanitarian projects I was working on as the reportage series wasn't receiving any interest from the media.

At the time I was working in a photo agency in Sydney sourcing photo essays to publications; through my personal interest in the field when I sent humanitarian articles from renowned photojournalist through the wire they were met with some interest, but usually the magazines opted for human interest (novelty) or celebrity content. I thought that if I could start an easily consumable series to raise my profile in the editorial realm, it would help when I sent my humanitarian work through the wires.

The BTS

Shooting The Underwater Project from Mark Tipple on Vimeo.

Tech: Canon 7D, Tokina 10-17, SPL Waterhousing, GoPro HD
Documenting life below the surface.
www.theunderwaterproject.com
www.facebook.com/theunderwaterproject

Full length:
www.vimeo.com/11575356

“I've always been intrigued by what happens below the surface, like what's happening where we can't see.” While watching the slide-show on Mark's laptop I'm amazed at the detail of this ‘other world' that's portrayed with his selection.

As an accomplished documentary photographer, in the past Mark has used the ocean as an escape for some solace away from his projects. Lately, while between projects he's been “hanging out” below the surface trying to capture what happens while swimming on a slow summer's day.

“Coming from a surfing background I used to wonder what happens when we're duck-diving, like, what it looks like from a different angle than what we can see. Kinda hard to explain but it has always been on my mind. I used to surf with a small video camera and housing attached to my helmet, (pauses) it worked surprisingly well but my neck couldn't take the impact and stress while trying to duck-dive and capture the right angle. Even tried to turn it back on myself to see what happens clearer but that, uh, sucked (laughs). I looked for a new approach to capture what I was seeking, which basically meant getting off the surfboard.”

Mark's personal documentary work can be seen at www.marktipple.com

Music: Ghosts by Thomas Newman
www.myspace.com/thomasnewmann

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