Hawaiian photographer Sarah Lee captures the beauty of surfing from a different angle. Her underwater photography reveals a view of surfers and swimmers from a fish-eye perspective.
From her background in surfing and competitive swimming, Lee became inspired to “capture what I was seeing underwater as humans interacted with the sea.” Her Amazing Photos of Surfers Under the Waves were recently featured by the Weather Channel.
The ocean is an unpredictable medium in which to work. Lee says, “I’m attracted to underwater photography in the ocean because of the lack of control I have in such a massive body of water and its constant state of change in the lighting, water clarity, currents, etc. It’s somewhere where you have to be completely switched on and able to adapt to anything it throws at you.”
Sarah Lee grew up on a coffee farm in Kona on the big island, and she finds inspiration in the ocean: “My aim in making photos is to capture and accentuate the beauty in what surrounds me. Photography to me is a mode of visual problem solving and a way to perpetuate the stoke, whether it be above the surface or below.”