Ghostly Underwater Portraits Near 50 Years Old Shipwreck

I have seen a lot of photographers around playing and experimenting with underwater photography. In order to ensure safety and avoid any possible threats, most of the photos are being taken in pools. Maybe 2 years ago those underwater photos were something extraordinary. However, today you won’t surprise anyone with a shot portraying model, dog or anything else diving in the pool. This is why photographers are always in search of new ways to grab our attention.

Perfect example is Montreal-based photographer Benjamin Von Wong, who moved underwater photography to the next level. Benjamin conducted an underwater photoshoot in Bali sea near the shipwreck. The photos from this extreme photoshoot portray ethereal and ghostly looking models elegantly floating in the water and exploring terrifying ruins of 50 years old shipwreck. Looking at the photos everything might look not as difficult and challenging as it was. It appear that photoshoot consisted of 2 models and even 7 divers. Also Benjamin describes 5 most challenging things in this photoshoot, which, I can bet, wouldn’t have come to non-photographer’s mind.

As Benjamin describes in his website, the following things were the biggest challenges in his photoshoot.

  • Normal models wouldn’t work unless they had extensive dive training and even then, they wouldn’t have the ability to hold their breaths for very long, especially at depth so Free Divers were going to be required.
  • Normal clothes couldn’t be rented since the sea water would wreck them, so we had to find a designer willing to part with the clothing they’d lend us.
  • Normal assistants wouldn’t work, specially trained safety divers were going to be necessary to ensure a smooth photoshoot.
  • Scouting would be complicated – local divers would be necessary for us to navigate around the wreck and deal with unpredictable changes in the weather and tide.
  • Lighting and gear would be limited – shooting underwater meant that we had to work with what we had available: on camera strobes or natural light.

Sounds quiet extreme. However, despite of these obstacles, Benjamin have captured a lot of awesome and eye-grabbing shots, which I’m excited to share with you.

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Photo credits: Benjamin Von Wong