Underwater photography in itself is a medium that takes even the most professional land photographer time to master. Adapting the elements and principles of design to altered optics and light as well as adding a physical element to shooting present challenges that are unique to underwater photography. But then add the phenomenon of breath hold to the equation, and here is where you encounter a subset of talented individuals who dodge even greater odds to document aspects of the underwater world that even the fastest scuba diver will fail to capture.
Freediver Pepe Arcos is such a talent. Using his elongated bi-fins for propulsion, Pepe is able to film and photograph with steadiness and grace. And with a filmmaker’s approach to storytelling and a fashion photographer’s eye for form and shape, this multitalented shooter is certainly one to keep an eye on in the future.
“Mexican Dream”: Freediving in the magical world of the Mexican cenotes
“Greek Champion”: Freediving record holder Jenna Apokotos, flowing naturally in the Red Sea
“Fairy Tale”: Mexico’s unique and mysterious underwater seascapes
“Mariners Cave”: Freediving champion Flavia Eberhard in a moment of elegance and weightlessness, Vava‘u, Tonga
“The Observer”: Flavia Eberhard meditates in a Philippine underwater paradise, Cebu Island
“Sky Jungle and Water”: Freediving instructor Julien Borde training in one of the cenotes of Riviera Maya, Mexico
“Kingdom of Whales”: Freediving with four humpbacks in the Polynesian waters of Tonga
“MUSA Mexico”: The Underwater Museum of Art in Isla Mujeres, with Flavia Eberhard as a special guest
Pepe filming in the field
To see more of Pepe’s work, check out his website, www.sea-dragons.com.
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