Introduction to 'Freedivers' galleries
by Mark Wilman
I've freedived Cyclades waters for over 40 years, mostly diving alone. With Roxana's (the model in the Discovering the Beauty of the Cyclades project) interest to learn, my focus become her graceful movements underwater highlighting the beauty of the freediving experience.
Our most recent project Cycladic Shipwreck took place only days after the Blue Star Patmos ferry was towed away from where it had gone aground outside Ios Port Bay close to the site of our previous work, a spot we knew we could get more from. Strangely, we saw no sign of the incident, though our search was limited due to the proximity of the area to the mouth of the often busy port bay, especially by fast moving transport vessels.
The results were only obtained from a final try with the sun directly in front, usually an overly complex task. What looked fine on the camera screen during shooting resulted in heavily overexposed images upon inspection. Fortunately, the issue was resolved with careful editing.
Earlier experiences included the Freedivers gallery, which was created with a camera phone inside a soft plastic case. These were interesting because of the effect the material at times had on the pictures.
Lady Freediver, though only a single photo, was characterised by the beauty of the female form, so although the model's arm could have been facing downwards for a more perfect result, the charm of her physique convinced me.
The beauty of freediving is the year round approach, i.e. a healthy diet, regular physical activity including: swimming at a pool, weight training and distance walking together with a naturally cultivated thoughtful attitude.