If you don’t recognize some of the stunning award-winning images by Photographer of the Week, Isabella Maffei, well, then you clearly haven’t been paying attention. Wonderfully crafted with a balance of light, color, dynamism and animal behavior, Isabella’s photos shed an artistic light on the realities of ocean life in a way that makes them stand out amongst the sea of images out there.
What I find unusual about Isabella’s work is her ability to frame her compositions in a way that makes her subjects appear unique—a most difficult accomplishment in photography, period. A clownfish and its eggs become a clear canvas defined by a brilliant spray of light, or Snell’s window becomes part of a mosaic as opposed to a technical rendering. In short, Isabella’s images are a refreshing study into creating something different out of what we normally see in underwater photography, which makes her someone you should definitely follow in the future.
A sunset split shot at Wai Island, Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Inside the “Aqua” open water fish factory, Lavagna, Italy
The “Tonnarella,” a traditional tuna trap, in Camogli, Italy. The fishermen open the net twice a day to release non-commercial species
A big school of glassfish at the “In the Middle” dive site, Burma
A school of “Oci” close to the beach, Wai Island, Raja Ampat, Indonesia
The old jetty at Wai Island, Raja Ampat, Indonesia
A seahorse emerges from its cave habitat in a double exposure shot in Gozo, Malta
A school of fish at Coron, Palawan, Philippines
A clownfish looks after its eggs, Sharm el Sheik, Egypt
A decorator crab on a tube worm, Numana, Conero, Italy
To see more of Isabella's images, visit her website, www.isabellamaffeiphoto.com.