Creative Portraits of Children Going About their Active Lives Underwater


Photographer Alix Martinez has been shooting a very creative ongoing series of underwater portraits with the help of some brave and equally creative children. Blurring the line between fine art and conceptual, the images show children performing daily activities in the unknown abyss… alright, alright… it’s just a pool… but I prefer unknown abyss.

From a young boy riding a tricycle with the help of his sister to two schoolgirls twirling away, oblivious to the world, the aesthetics of shooting underwater provide an extremely unique look to otherwise mundane activities. When asked by My Modern Net why she enjoys underwater photography, Martinez had the following to say:

I have always loved photographs that display ripples and reflections. There’s something magical and beautiful when water is photographed. Since I am a children’s photographer, I am always trying to come up with ideas to photograph them in a unique way.

Coming up with new ideas, especially those involving underwater photography, are rarely easy though… not to mention dangerous. “The first time I almost drowned because I saw a shot I did not want to miss, but it is so rewarding when you look at your images,” explains Martinez. “When I started, I could only hold my breath for 25 seconds and now I feel like a marine going under for 2 minutes.”

Aptly titled “Water,” scroll down to see a collection of images from the series:









You can visit Martinez’s website here to see more of her work and keep up with any more images she adds to “Water.”

(via My Modern Net via Exposure Guide)

Image credits: Images by Alix Martinez and used with permission.

  • Michael McNamara

    Nice stuff. The putter and the superhero are my favorites.

  • JordanCS13

    I generally dislike a lot of these conceptual shoots. They are generally pretty contrived and use a gimmick to make vaguely interesting photos. Some of these strike that chord for me as well (though they are well executed). For instance, what is a picture of people pretending to play football underwater trying to say? Nothing, because the photographer simply told the kids, “I want to take a picture of you playing football underwater.”

    However, the shots of the kid reading from below the pool and the taxi and the hand really, really work for me, because they’re really creative ways to capture things kids actually do. And even though it falls into the first category, I also really like the tea party shot. It’s got just something really unique about it. The putter is OK…it’s a fun shot.

  • bry

    I tend to agree with you. Most of these types of shoots cause the word “why” to immediately spring into my head. I just cannot see the point.

  • Sum_it

    There is a lot that can be said for children being suspended in fluids. I honestly won’t get into it bc I have a busy schedule today.

    On a similar note: imagine if the photographer lost a child by miscarriage. How does it affect the interpretations of these images? Or imagine if the photographer lost a child from drowning, how are these images interpreted then?

    In hindsight, its simply photographs of submerged children doing various activities. But it can mean a lot more.

    Just my quick two cents.

  • ShapesAndColors

    Why do they have to mean or say anything? Sometimes photos are just shapes and color. One of the things that I like about this series is that the creator isn’t coming up with some long-winded “deep” reasoning behind them. She simply says she likes underwater pics and kids. That’s reason enough for these to exist. Just my two cents of course, adding to the discussion.