It was so much fun shooting Nick Clifford after his stage cave course with Mauro Bordignon, Cave World. We had over 200,000 lumens of light to play with in some absolutely beautiful cave off the beaten path!! Hope to see you soon Nick, you did a great job for your first shoot!
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”
Marking 3 years of collaboration with Bassline Drift and to many more years of teamwork with this group of people! Over 3 hours of placing light, waiting, modeling and all round having fun being creative. Big thanks to Marty O’ Farrell for the use of some BIG Big Blue lights/HID’s and your support with my work.
Inbetween some exciting projects with more exciting people in the next months look out for more of these compilations capturing some places around in a different light 🙂
Refreshing to work with another creative! Bernadette and I teamed up to practise playing around with lighting in caverns yesterday, moved into cave today and will be diving again tomorrow. So far so good, communication is getting really smooth, I think we will have our own secret language by the end of this project … More footage to come!!
Back to open water to iron out some confidence and comfort issues I had when loaded to the max with stages and towing a DPV. I found it uncomfortable to manoeuvre and that I was becoming a bit task loaded and frustrated. After a few hours practising in Cenote car wash with my very patient and supportive instructor I feel more happy and confident I can handle the gear I may need to in a cave environment and going back to one stage feels like a dream! Still a while to go … but getting there
Film Mauro Bordignon, Cave World
Postproduction Katy Fraser
Beautiful 3 hour DPV stage cave dive in Cenote Otoch-Ha today with Mauro, Cave World … It kind of reminded me a bit of Super Mario Kart – Rainbow Road #princesspeach #donkeykong #goprohero6#lightmonkeylights #fourthelement #santidiving #xdeep #bigbluelights#halcyondivesystems #suex #dpvcave #cavediving
Short compilation of Minotauro. The colours and formations in this cave are just beautiful … For a first video dive with lots of Big Blue Lights Nadia and Stefano did extremely well. Thank you for your application and patience it was a lot of fun!
I am very excited to kick off my new collaboration with Mauro Bordignon and his company cave world with this moody dark short compilation of a spectacular dive playing with the reflections in this cave system.
Currently I am making a documentary on a new cave system ‘String of Pearls’ which is currently under exploration by Harry Gust and still growing!
It’s such an awesome place and I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to shoot and document this cave.
This beauty is Cenote “First Timer” a cenote in the String of Pearls system! It hasn’t been visited since 2006. Harry attached a rope through the hole which you see top right and it was about a 5m descent to the floor. I then proceeded to get incredibly muddy and light the cave up for shooting some spectacular footage. I feel so fortunate to have spent the day in this amazing place with the bats!
So here we are! The first diary entry for my next exciting project …
In Feb I completed a TDI Mod 1 JJ CCR course with Matt Jevon. This is to prepare me to shoot Philip Gray on his next extreme art venture where he will paint China’s ‘Shi Cheng’ or the Lion City. This city is submerged in a fresh water lake, at 40m, with some buildings dating back 1000’s of years.
It is so beautifully preserved and I am very much looking forward capture Philip putting the City onto canvas and bringing it to life … Definitely will be a first!
Matt is in charge of the logistics and assembling the rest of the team comprising of safety divers for both Philip and myself, lighting, local logistics/translator and an on site technician.
I will be training in the UK, Ireland, Mexico and Egypt over the time leading up to the project.
Film and Post-production Katy Fraser, She Dives Tech, Underwater Performance Art
Shi Cheng Footage Wei Zhang unscuba.com/
Behind the scenes camera John Cafaro & Adriana Otero
Model Emily Hong
Music Bassline Drift soundcloud.com/basslinedrift
Logistics South West Technical Diving, Diving Prestige SA, Third Dimension Diving & ProTec DiveCenters
I am so grateful to be supported by JJ-ccr Rebreathers, Bold Strokes, Light Monkey, Xdeep, PolarPro and most recently Fourth Element in my daily dive gear/equipment and this project!
#chinaproject #extremeart #jjccr #unscuba #shedivestech #sunkencity #underwaterfilm #underwaterpainting #southwesttech #makeboldstrokes #xdeep #apeks #nauticam #panasonicgh4 #polarpro #lightmonkey #TDI #cenotes #mod1 #helitrox #fourthelement
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!