Zandi reaching through into another world is exactly what is happening here. A subsurface cave, trapping air below a concave rock a few meters below the ocean's rough surface. We approached it with caution and weariness, but after gasping the first breath inside, we quickly realized that this cave was a safe haven and a place of calm and respite from the crashing waves and whitewater above.
What were your goals and hopes from this shoot? What surprised you (for the good and the bad)? Did you have a specific image or story you wanted to tell?
My goal was to use my images to tell the story of Zandi's love and appreciation for the ocean. I share this love and sometimes find it difficult to describe it in my own words. Spending time with Zandi, feeling her beaming energy, receiving positive feedback, and seeing smile after smile, allowed me to use my camera to find those moments so dear to me, now expressed and shared by Zandi to tell the story we love so much. We feel at home in the ocean.
The bad... I get seasick. It is not a matter of if, just when.
This shoot was intense and the athletes were operating at a very high level. When you’re documenting an athlete at that level, what are you looking for so you can make sure you capture that story? What’s going through your mind?
Working with top athletes is always a pleasure, especially if they are doing what they do best. Not much direction was needed. If anything, I was pushed to my limit to try to keep up with Zandi, following her into the deep or fighting off the relentless chill of the freezing cold Atlantic. It was demanding and intense, but I enjoyed the challenge of capturing real moments of an extraordinary person exploring the ocean.