October 19th, 2009
An Oahu photographer captures the most beautiful images in water world. And he does it using just one breath. John Johnson (not to be confused for Jack!) freedives to capture these gorgeous, intimate photos.
My photographer Tai and I followed him at Electric beach one day. It was hard. We did not see a single mammal, though there were lots of pretty fish and a strong current that required us to keep kicking to stay in place. This is why John sometimes waits for half a day to get just one shot, or why he might go weeks without taking a photo he really loves.
But then there might be days like this: "I guess today was the day to be in the water. We were in the water until we just got tired of seeing dolphins. I took more than 280 shots and I was amazed to see I had so many keepers. Lots of amorous activity in the water, too," he wrote to me.
John has a full time job doing something non-watery, and a wife, so he admits he spends way less time pursuing his hobby than he used to. He is the nicest - and camera shy! - guy. Find him via his website or look for his photos at local art stores and festivals.