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Photographer of the Week – Allison Vitsky Sallmon
By Lia Barrett, March 27, 2014 @ 02:00 AM (EST)

Blue whale, offshore Mexican/California border

If you see Allison Vitsky Sallmon on a dive trip, do yourself a favor and don’t be misled by her bright colored wetsuit, or her petite stature.  Make no mistake, this pistol of a shooter and a woman will have you shoveling your preconceived notions back into an abyss of humble pie once you’ve made the connection between her work and her person.

California sea lion, Santa Barbara Island, CA

Allison may be the shorter half of the husband wife, underwater duo that is Andy and Allison Sallmon/Vitsky Sallmon; however, what she lacks in height she more than makes up for in imagery and voice.

Cabezon on piling, Long Beach oil platforms, Long Beach, CA

Having been an avid diver for over 20 years, Allison’s interest in photography really came about around 2006.  But sure enough, by 2007, her thirst for photography took her to the deep end, when she purchased a dSLR, and started using her already established writing skills to supplement what would become a blossoming editorial career.

Dendronotus sp. nudibranch, San Diego, CA

Living in California, Allison spends many of her weekends in her drysuit. She has also become a regular rebreather user, and takes advantage of the bubble-free freedom that many of us bubblers envy. She has a knack for shooting and withstanding colder climates, yet has a portfolio filled with a range of technical, beautifully composed, and perspectively unique images from destinations throughout the diving world. 

Salp in kelp, Catalina Island, CA

So if you see her on a dive boat, don’t let her slip away without probing her about photography.  Make her show you her images.  And when she’s with Andy giving a lecture on using models underwater, have a look at some of those incredible images, and realize that the model in question might just be a man.

Mako shark, offshore San Diego, CA

Ladybug amphipod, Komodo, Indonesia

Blue ring octopus, Lembeh, Indonesia

Leru Cut, Solomon Islands

Scalloped hammerhead, Cocos Island, Costa Rica

Torpedo ray with blacksmith, Catalina Island, CA

Menjangan soft coral, Bali Indonesia

You can check out more of Allison’s work on her website, www.avitsky.com.


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