The Underwater Project: Awesome photos of swimmers enjoying the ocean, captured by Mark Tipple in an ongoing series.

The Underwater Project is an awesome ongoing series of photos and videos of swimmers enjoying the ocean, shot from underneath the waves by Australian photographer Mark Tipple.

He writes: “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.”

Documenting life below the surface

“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.”

Documenting life below the surface

“Surf photography’s been around forever. I wanted something different.”

View more of Mark’s work on his website and Facebook page.

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Photographs shared under the Creative Commons Attribution licence.