Spectacular Half Underwater Photography By Matty Smith
Swimming as a kid, I tried to view both the surface and underwater world at the same time. Matty Smith has turned this into an art form. Half-submerged in water, he joins the dry and the wet worlds in beautiful juxtaposition. Sometimes the photos have an eerie sense of dread as they reveal crocodiles lurking just below the surface. At other times, one can feel the beauty in the gorgeous (if likely deadly) tentacles below a jellyfish, or a school of fish, all shiny and chrome.
Matty Smith was born in the UK, but now lives in Australia where he has the Pacific ocean at his flipper-tips. He started photographing life on both sides of the surface in his teens when he bought a waterproof case for his SLR.
“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,” Smith wrote on Bored Panda. “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.”
Physalia Physalis: Bushrangers Bay, NSW Australia
Smiling Assassin: American Crocodile, Jardines de la Reina, Cuba
A Silky Encounter 1 : Jardines de la Reina, Cuba
Ocean Rose: Bass Point, NSW Australia
Crimson Tide: Waratah Anemones, Port Kembla, NSW Australia
Bluebottle Army: Bluebottle cnidarian, Bushrangers Bay, NSW Australia
Your Move: American Crocodile, Jardines de la Reina, Cuba
A Silky Encounter 2: Jardines de la Reina, Cuba
A Shock of Blue: Bushrangers Bay, NSW Australia
Legal Immigrant: A Long Finned Eel, Botanical Gardens, Sydney