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Quico Abadal

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'The adventures of Captain Lisa'
Quico Abadal

Diving has always felt like a science-fiction adventure to me, especially when wearing scuba-equipment it makes me feel like a spaceman. I have been lucky enough to encounter the most alien looking species such as cuttlefish, or dive in lunar landscapes like La Palma. For a long time I daydreamed about creating an underwater series of science fiction photographs. When I first visited Deep Spot in Poland I was convinced my series had to begin there, the place that most resembled a space base. After a couple of months I went back with some costumes. In this image Lisa isn’t wearing any mask under the helmet, nor is she breathing through a regulator. The most challenging part was to manipulate the angle, making the viewer believe Lisa is jumping forward, when in reality is an over-head shot, and at the same time she had to maintain her buoyancy and avoid bubbles. Thanks Lisa!

Judge's comment: When I saw the thumbnail of this image first, I thought this is not an underwater image. But seeing it bigger makes you realize what an effort and brilliant image idea the photographer had. Excellent work and one of my favorite and new images from the competition. - Tobias Friedrich

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