Models Dive 25 Meters To An Underwater Shipwreck For A Literally Breathtaking Photoshoot In Bali
Montreal-based photographer Benjamin Von Wong went for an extraordinary adventure when he decided to hold one of the most epic photoshoots the world of photography has seen in recent years. His highly ambitious underwater photo session involved 2 models, 7 safety divers and one 50-year-old sunken shipwreck in the waters of Bali. Just in case you have any doubts, Photoshop was only used in post-production editing – these photos are real.
The preparation for the photoshoot was a lot more difficult and complex than it seems in these breathtaking photographs. Due to the challenging and dangerous conditions that come with photographing underwater, the assisting divers had to ensure the models’ safety and help the photographer with his work. The gorgeous gowns that the models are seen in were donated by designers willing to part with their dresses for good, as they would be irreparably damaged by the sea water. And lastly, the photo gear was extremely limited, and so was the lightning – Wong had to rely exclusively on camera strobes and natural light.
“Teamwork – A word that truly begins to mean something when you’re shooting 25 meters underwater and your model tied to a 50 year old shipwreck in the middle of Bali where the slightest miscalculation could spell disaster,” writes Von Wong, perfectly illustrating the scale and the dangers of this underwater project. He proves, however, that a reliable team, a clear vision, and passion can give beautiful results!
No Photoshop was used to create these photos (except for post production)
The models in these photos had to actually hold their breath
They are true mermaids – as experienced freedivers, they can hold their breath for 3-4 minutes at a time
That’s probably why they were comfortable being TIED to this underwater shipwreck, receiving air periodically from expert safety divers
Behind the scenes of Von Wong’s underwater photo shoot: