You may recall an article I shared in this 6 Links selection where I wrote about a photographer who proved you could take good photos in unexpected places (a Lowe’s Hardware store, for example). Well, it turns out she’s actually doing much cooler stuff than taking portraits in random shopping centers. Jenna Martin specializes in underwater portraiture, a style I didn’t even know existed but would love to be fully immersed in!
After building her own housing in 2011 (photography speak for the box around your camera that makes it waterproof), Jenna started doing underwater photography and never looked back. What I love most about her images are the gentle shapes of the female body and how they appear to be floating. Plus, the use of the unexpected, fussy, dresses adds both romance and fantasies of mermaids, sirens, and all those mythical sea goddesses.
Check out some of her excellent, ethereal photos below!
There’s also an eeriness to some of the bodies floating freely in the water. Especially the ones engulfed in blackness. It summons thoughts of ghosts, death, and loneliness, as well as the moody textures, lighting, and pale skin of renaissance paintings. Of course, that might be my general fear of drowning speaking, as my underwater experience consists of me gulping sea water like air!
This would be a fantastic way to “wreck the dress” and bring a happy end to my wedding gown that’s collecting dust. Anyone know if salt water comes out of tulle?
Jenna Martin lives in Montana and is available for everything from weddings to commercial shoots. Check out here website here for more information, and give her a follow on Instagram! And if you’re aching to see another one of her “ugly location” challenges, including portraits in a tire shop, click here. Would you pose for underwater photos? Share with me in the comments below!
Images courtesy of Jenna Martin Photography.