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The Underwater series explores the sense of being underwater as a human being, immersed in the mystery of the Ocean with beauty and fear as companions. One has a sense of seeing and feeling but not knowing. These images range from literal to enigmatic depictions of the vast, random and surreal underwater world, hinting at a metaphorical translation of our own experiences in foreign worlds. I create these prints using traditional darkroom techniques, including toning. My handmade process is important to the power of these fine prints, which echo early photography, when exploration and expression of the landscape was vital. For anyone curious, I have been diving on SCUBA for 30 years and use a Nikonos V film camera.