Mark Tipple's approach to surf photography is a little different than your usual surfer hunk riding the wild waves. In his photography series, The Underwater Project, Tipple captures swimmers' emotion and reaction as they hit the ocean water and struggle to emerge from the waves.
His photographs are full of swimmers’ contorted faces and bodies in the beautiful underwater landscape.
Here’s a little poetic description of the project taken from his website:
Grip the sand, they remind themselves. Go low, stay low.
Their faces contort, their muscles tighten in reaction to the struggle for power with the ocean. They surface when the surge has passed. Then breathe.
They are unaware that a camera has captured it all; from straining arms clawing at sand to eyes squeezed shut against the bite of salt. Mark Tipple holds his camera steady in the melting foam, and makes his way to shore.