Australian photographer Matthew ‘Matty’ Smith has captured some incredibly unique images that showcase life above and below water at the same time. ‘Over/Under’ showcases the fine sights commonly decorating the skies, such as birds and the sunset at the top half of the photo, with the bottom dedicated to findings under the sea, such as coral and fish. The technical skills needed to capture these images highlights Matty’s skills as a photographer. Each area requires different lighting and focusing. To achieve the images he must use a strobe light underneath the water to capture this section, helping to alleviate the darker scenery.
Perhaps not surprisingly, Matty is an avid diver, and sees ‘Over/Under’ as the perfect way to share his experiences with those who have yet to see such sights. He explains it perfectly himself, “I think it’s [diving] the suspense of the unknown of what lies beneath, the transitional part of moving from one element to the next that feels so magical and the thought of what alien creatures I might encounter,” he writes. “I try to convey to the viewer that majestic feeling in a picture format. It’s maybe the best way I can communicate to a non-diver what it’s all about, to marry a wet and unfamiliar world with a dry and more familiar one.” Matty Smith website via [Faith is Torment