Thursday, February 28, 2013
Deco Features: Victoria Machin
For someone like me who's constantly photographed day and night, the same standard shots get so boring. But at least you can breath when a lens is in your face -- i didn't have. Such a luxury, recently. Tonight, we find an up and coming photographer who's gone off the deep end.
She takes portraits underwater. Creating art with weightlessness.
Victoria Machin: "I add lights I add backdrops, I'm really the only one who does it the way Victoria's Portraits does it."
And she does it with a wetsuit, a fancy camera and an eye for drama. Which includes large objects that shouldn't get wet.
Pianos, benches, and perfectly good clothing.
Victoria Machin: "This was kind of like a salty water submerging. This is a perfect combination of the sun being over her under water."
Christopher Navarro: "Anybody can take a picture -- you go under water it's a completely different experience, a completely different idea."
Like the idea of not breathing - while gracefully pretending you are.
A red dress and some waterproof makeup later I take the plunge.
First, let's stall with a little rehersal.
Oww, that's a girl in over her her head.
Luckily, Victoria is very patient with people who like to breath air. But getting into a chair with a long dress while treading water in the deep end.
Not easy. Even for the pros.
Victoria Machin: "It's a tough job because you really have to make sure you stay under water and you're not floating, no bubbles, no bubbles."
The dancers dive in head first after dozens of takes -- Victoria turns this, into this.
Victoria captures an underwater world of fantas and painting the town red has never made such a big splash.