Photographer Matt Smith developed a keen interest in taking photos of the natural landscape of the ocean. He is also an avid diver.
So, it was only natural to begin photographing the contrast between the harsh dry land near the ocean and the soft, surreal worlds he found beneath it.
Like these almost-black-and-white clouds over the crimson of these sea anemones.
"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 on his portfolio site.
“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 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.”
Smith scouts for his locations with a snorkel, planning exactly how he'll take his photographs. Although, there are always surprises.
Some of the strongest are when the wildlife break through the surface as well.
“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,” he writes.
"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.”
The planning of the light, color and composition in his images is meticulous.
And they're absolutely gorgeous.
Credit: Matty Smith Photo