Marking all my little editing projects up to date … for now. Here is some stunning halocline, shot in Xunaan Ha! Alina and Simon did very well juggling lights for the first time and were very patient models … look forward to shooting more with you guys in the future. Tomorrow onto new projects at Cenote car wash with Bernadette ☺
Here is the OFFICIAL trailer for “A Peace Within” – Out of Darkness into Light.
Philip Gray was dubbed ‘extreme artist’ after a number of expeditions he undertook to paint. He has travelled far and wide to places like Everest, Antartica and deep into the Borneo Rainforest just to name a few locations!
Last month he came here to Quintana Roo in Mexico with aims of capturing the Cenotes by painting UNDER WATER. This was not the first time he has painted under water and the Cenotes proved a different beast all together, even when compared to painting under an Ice Berg or with the Tiger Sharks of the Bahamas.
Meticulous logistical planning was undergone by ProTec DiveCenter to ensure that painting in the overhead environment was both safe and the conservation of the Cenotes was paramount. Over the week he was with us he produced several beautiful Canvas’ truly capturing the beauty of The Pit, Calavera (Temple of Doom), Casa Cenote and Cenote Carwash!
This trailer will be distributed throughout DeMontfort Fine Art Official galleries across the UK and Cruise Ships to launch his new collection “A Peace Within”.
It has been an absolute pleasure to have had the opportunity to shoot and produce this project, something so far removed from anything else I have undertaken. It’s been a challenge, an invaluable experience and most of all A LOT of FUN!
The last, but by NO means least canvas of Philip‘s collection.
Today we went to Carwash, between the misty skeleton trees into the twilight zone to paint. I ADORE carwash, it’s not the first shoot I have done here and it certainly won’t be the last. I love sinking through the cloud layer to a scenery below that looks like something straight out of a fairy tale.
I will now be focusing of editing a documentary together for the foreseeable. Stay tuned!!
Tempted to say my favourite of the shoot so far! The diversity of the cenotes here is just incredible! Today we headed to Casa Cenote and in Philip‘s words “the light beams are almost biblical”. To be honest this is such an aesthetic dive site and providing conditions are right as it’s connects straight into the ocean it really is hard to take a bad shot!
We shot at Calavera for the third canvas in the collection, otherwise know as the ‘Temple of Doom”. This was a more challenging shoot as the painting sat in the halo-cline and so a lot of the shots were hard to focus. The visibility wasn’t at it’s best and the beams not at their brightest. These things happen when your shooting on location and have no control over the elements and nature. Only two paintings left, and Philip has chosen Carwash and Casa Cenote.
We went back to ‘The Pit’ today for Philip‘s second canvas of the collection and to experiment with some different paint application techniques. Another beautiful painting emerged from the depths boasting a particularly spectacular perspective of the Pit.
Up bright and early tomorrow for a change of site for Shoot III – Canvas III.
It was incredible capturing the painting coming to life , also seeing the teams careful planning and preparation coming together! The day has been long day but massively rewarding, fun and an invaluable filming experience. This is the first of a series of underwater oil painting Philip is creating!
Very grateful to be involved!
Enjoy a short film from day one giving you an insight into Philip Gray’s world of ‘Extreme Art’
I absolutely love this dive site. The salt water passages and phreatic tunnels are something else! This is quite a deep site and great practise for me filming with multiple stages on open circuit. With an average depth of 18m, over an 190 minute dive time, and the remoteness of location requiring some marginally strenuous lifting. We applied extra deco obligations to air on the conservative side at the end of the dive!
It was an awesome three hour dive with Patrick and Hans which allowed them to make some final tweaks to their units and get in some practise together before they headed off to Madagascar for their cave expedition in May 2016.
Short film from private shoot of client Raymond with ProTec instructor Toro on a guided cave dive. We chose Nohoch downstream as it is smaller caver and fun to be creative with light. As it was essentially a one man shoot I find it makes more sense to keep the cave small and therefore light more concentrated and you then have the ability to apply more depth of field. The cave is very shallow at an average depth of 7m so that allows lots of time on a sidemount set to get a variety of shots to keep the film interesting!
A huge THANK YOU to Bassline Drift for my custom made sound track! ‘Bass dragons’ in all the right place haha.
Filmed and edited by Katy Fraser
Lighting by SJ Alice Bennett
Quick peak on location at Diving Prestige SA and behind the scenes for the music video. Trying very hard on this edit not to give too much away! This is will be last video diary until the Music Video is finished for spoiler purposes.
The aim of the finished product is to echo the theme of ‘Metamorphosis’ by the way of movement, visual transition and colour.
Filmed and edited by Katy Fraser
Model SJ Bennett
Music by Bassline Drift