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Photographer of the Week – Isabella Maffei
By Lia Barrett, February 9, 2017 @ 06:00 AM (EST)

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

Isabella Maffei

To see more of Isabella's images, visit her website, www.isabellamaffeiphoto.com.


Martine Lagrange
Feb 13, 2017 12:27 AM
Martine Lagrange wrote:
Beautiful !
Patel Elisa
Feb 13, 2017 4:17 AM
Patel Elisa wrote:
Good, amazing pictures!
Simon Mery
Mar 25, 2017 3:18 AM
Simon Mery wrote:
Thank you !
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