This Photographer’s Half-Underwater Photos Will Mesmerize You


Matt Smith likes to take photos of the ocean, but not in the way you would think. This photographer is becoming known for his most unusual perspective — half in and half out of the water.


Matty Smith Photo


“For me one of the most wondrous parts of any dive is the moment that the water engulfs my mask as my head slips below the surface. I think it’s 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.


Matty Smith Photo

Matty Smith Photo


“I view my half over half underwater images as a landscape photograph; I prefer brooding and atmospheric skies over a blue sunny midday and a composition that compliments both the above and below elements.”


Matty Smith Photo

Matty Smith Photo


“I undertake many location scouts with my snorkel gear on. Whilst doing the scouts I will take reference pictures so I can plan how to make my final image when a suitable location has been found.”


Matty Smith Photo

Matty Smith Photo

Despite the technical challenges of such an art form, there is definitely no denying the resulting beauty of Matt’s hybrid world — a world that many of us would never see or experience, if not for his photos.


Matty Smith Photo

Matty Smith Photo


“That is what draws me to taking half over half underwater images. 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 Photo

Matty Smith Photo

“A final image in my portfolio is often a well-researched and planned affair,” he said.


Matty Smith Photo

Matty Smith Photo

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