It is true that it is not strictly street photography, because there are no streets or human cities underwater, but there are underwater cities and animals, algae and people to photograph. There are several modalities of underwater photography: scuba diving or apnea.
Scuba diving photography: the air tank gives you air so you can shoot calmly and the jacket gives you stability, so you can take specific photographs being in good conditions for each photo.
Freediving photography: it is more photo-hunting, like street photography. First, you need to relax, fill your lungs and let the sea show you as it is. Time is limited, you have to be alert so you don’t miss any photo. It is that feeling that Enaitz talks about, in which you are only looking for that photo, the truth, the essence of life.
What is freediving?
This sport is becoming very popular. As the word itself indicates it is free diving: you, your ability to hold your breath and the environment. You are free, you only have mental and apneic limits. More free than anywhere else: you can move where ever you want; up, down, turn… You are free to move as you want, you can dance, fly…
So, what I like more, is taking photos and showing these feelings, how someone can be free without taking breath… I really feel free going freediving and watching this kind of photos. You can see many spectacular videos and incredible photos in the internet.
Cave with double entrance, perfect to take the picture from the inside out and backlight.
When we go on frediving holidays, we like to explore new places to dive and we don’t go where all people goes. That gives us those exciting feelings, although they are not always expectacular sites. One day on our last trip, when the sea was not good enough for diving, we found an area which was covered and we stayed for more than an hour taking photos in apnea. Against to what it seemed, it was a great photoshoot. The pictures, that I initially visualized in color, are great, but my father insists that they are better in black and white. I let you both so you can compare them.