This month we are diving into ocean photography by interviewing a company that knows all about the ocean. Once Ocean One Breath is an Australian based free diving company started by husband and wife duo, Eusebio and Christina Saenz de Santamaria. Eusecio and Christina are professional free divers and record-holders, adventure free diving photographers, and filmmakers. Traveling around the world, One ocean One breath captures breathtaking diving photography while also teaching others about their passion of the ocean. Because of popular demand One ocean One breath is now selling their work through Fine Art America. We asked the company a few questions about their own underwater experiences and breathtaking ocean photography:
For Eusebio and I, freediving is our passion and our way of life. When not on Koh Tao we are traveling and exploring the world and her ocean’s on one breath alone; and we document our adventures through photography and film for our personal business called ‘One ocean One breath’. We often seek unusual and unique areas of the world such as the magical cenotes of the Yucatan in Mexico, through to exhilarating encounters with tiger sharks in the Bahamas or the Spinner dolphins in Hawaii. All our underwater photography is made on breath-hold using only the natural light available. Freediving is the sport that we love, however it is also advantageous to shoot underwater on breath-hold as we don’t have any noisy or cumbersome scuba equipment which means that marine animals are far more curious of us and will approach us very closely. Freediving enables us to have a more intimate experience with the ocean and her marine creatures.
While traveling and not shooting we also compete in freediving competitions and aim for new personal records and depths. Eusebio and I recently achieved a world’s first and world record dive together to a depth of 100 metres in the Caribbean this past September.
Over the last year we have received many inquiries for photographic art prints of our freediving photography, so after much research and searching online I discovered and chose Fine Art America. We chose FAA for the ability to have control over the pricing of our photography, the many different choices of materials and framing as well as the ability to send the prints worldwide.
What kind of underwater camera and equipment do you use?
What has been the most challenging part of ocean photography?