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"I was born and raised near the sea. The sea fed me and made me who I am today. I became a photographer have been photographing the sea, which has provided me a living. Most importantly, the sea has taught me the true relationship between human and nature."
Dolphin: Honduras, March 1997
Whale shark: Maldives, February 2010
Sea lion: Galapagos Islands, July 1998
Michael Kaziales created AM SEA project as an expression deriving from a passion for the sea and the color blue. It’s a quest for self-seeking.
Milos Island, Cyclades, Greece
Alonissos islands, Sporades, Greece
Schinoussa Island, Cyclades, Greece
"The sea represents a paradox to me: both a home and a completely alien place, as familiar as my own salty tears and as strange as my dreams. Though i do parts of my work underneath her surface, she never feels like an office, but often like a playground, sometimes like a battle zone. She gives life and joy as easily as she takes lives and efforts carelessly. She represents to me something much greater than me, and the honour to be part of that, of her, sometimes when we dive."
Georgina Miller blowing a bubble ring, 2013.
Seal near Newquay, UK, June 2017.
Sofia Gomez and Johnny Sunnex kiss at the edge of Dean's Blue Hole, 2015.
The big blue, the sea and the life within it have always deeply fascinated me since my very first years of living. Pausing moments underwater and bringing them to public is a never ending mission in an effort to enhance sealife awareness and show the beauty of pure freediving lifestyle. The "PAUSE" concept is a conditional freediving photographic movement of underwater experiences.
Le Grand Bleu
The tranquility and busy finesse of mother nature is never more evident and in tune then in the ocean. Our oceans are really the barometer for all living subjects on the planet, we owe so much to it but do so little for it in return. I’ve always had the good fortune of living near the coast and now right on the water. I dive aprx. 20 days a month and enjoy seeing the changes of the seasons, underwater. I love the open ocean just as much as i do the smaller subjects.
SMOKEY THE FROG
I love the small benthic animals that live on the substrate. They have enormous challenges for survival as they don’t have the ability to flee their predators. These small but capable subjects must hunt, reproduce and proliferate in a world that is hostile at all times.
A LARVAL LIONFISH
This photo was shot in Northwest Bali near the Mimpi Channel while drifting in the open ocean at night. Blackwater diving connects me with the ocean by allowing me to explore and drift with the current. The feeling of being small in such a large environment can be intimidating and exciting at the same time. Discovering the unique larval subjects that survive as planktons prior to settling on the sea floor is a one of kind experience.
A “Smack” of sea nettles drifting through the shallow coastal water’s of Monterey Bay, California. Diving with sea nettles is quite interesting, drifting along with them in the open ocean with them surrounding you at all times, pulsing and flowing. The experience is unique and one of a kind.
My work would probably be non existent if it wasn’t for the ocean. I originally got into photography because of my passion for surfing and I wanted to express the beauty I saw in the ocean. I found photography a great way to share this.
I was watching hundreds of sharks feasting on bait fish for hours, its one of the best wildlife experiences I have seen. Mother nature at its finest. (Image taken 2 July 2017)
My fascination with the Cook Islands continues... From its untouched white beaches, scattered with palm trees to crystal clear water lapping the sand. It really is a photographers paradise. (Image taken 5 June 2015)
This image was taken on Lady Elliot Island, a small island at the Southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef. It has an abundance of wildlife, turtles, manta rays, reef sharks and whales. (Image taken 17 Feb 2017)
"A great environment for creativity. An aquatic choreography. Unexpected images. Nothing static, nothing remains the same. A space of decompression and inspiration. Returning like a fisherman, eager to find out what images I have caught."
Sea. Summer 2016.
Octopus. Summer 2016.
Autoportrait. Spetses, summer 2015.