Without a camera, scuba diving on its own is an experience in itself, surrounded by an abundance of life from another world, in less than minutes you've been captivated by the elements around you. The fish, coral, sand formations, pinnacles and the biggest thrill that seems to take everyones heart first is the 3 dimensional world.
Gravity is obviously present, however we are able to use it to our advantage at our own leisure. Using the air we've stollen from the surface gives us the ability to 1.) breathe and 2.) adjust our buoyancy and move almost like we are flying. These are the simple facts anyone learns on day 1, but to actually put these two into perfect practice, for most people, takes hundreds of dives. Perfect buoyancy for scuba diving comes with control, steady breathing and relaxation. Put a camera in your hands and everything goes to pot! Remember in school you'd practice rubbing your head then tapping your tummy at the same time? try adding the hula and your 8 times table as well. Takes a few goes!
Diving is my passion, anyone who knows me knows that. I love making movies, short films, pictures… anything! The fact I can combine these two together is my dream. Get me in the water with a camera and I'll film anything. What always enhances my love for these two is the dimensions I'm engrossed in when I'm diving and then watching the result of my underwater filming back. For example, part of a dive site, Twin Peaks, Koh Tao which we go to regularly has a 'Buoyancy World' north of the site. It has obstacle courses for the students to practice their buoyancy skills with. Within this is a concrete statue of a dinosaur around 2meters high and 2and a half long. A shot which I use at The Film Company starts on the sand at his tail and swim upwards towards the head following the line of his back, as I approach the bottom of its neck I lean over onto my side then to my back while swimming around, under then eventually over the statues head to create a 3D perception of what this sculpture actually looks like.
The mechanics of this shot is THE reason why i love this job with my utmost passion. If you think back to the last film you watched, there may have been a scene with a 'swooping' camera shot from a great hight down to the subjects of the film. That shot was created by using heavy machinery, large cranes, days of planning with precise operations.
For me to create the same effect, when filming underwater all i need is 1.) ME, 2.) MY CAMERA oh and SCUBA DIVING EQUIPMENT- Bish-Bash-Bosh!