Mark Tripple’s Underwater Project Looks at the Ocean in a New Way
Mark Tripple’s Underwater Project has been generating a significant amount of buzz lately, and for good reason. Tripple’s stunning underwater photos examine marine life and diving practices from a whole new angle, both literally and figuratively. According to Tripple, the project initially began on a whim: he would often bring a video camera with him while surfing or diving to try and document his experience. After much trial and error, as well as few mishaps and near injuries in the water (his camera, which weighs over ten pounds, takes much of the blame for this), Tripple gradually began to perfect his technique. He is now able to capture rare moments in a surfing excursion, such as that calm right before a perfect swell hits or a person’s expression after riding (or missing) a massive wave.
Even he will admit that many of the greatest shots are left up to chance, but he has managed to photograph some amazing images, from the inside of waves to the tumult underwater when person becomes disconnected from their board and crashes below the surface. His work can be seen in a new book, The Underwater Project, which contains over thirty of his original photos.