|Notes on WATER PEOPLE
"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing," Henri Cartier-Bresson, patriarch of street photography, once said. Underwater photographer Wayne Levin has taken the instincts he honed as a young street photographer into the ocean, using black and white film to capture the swimmers, body surfers, divers, and surfers who inhabit what is perhaps the most mercurial environment of all. The grey scale, Levin says, "abstracts the environment. You can't tell whether it's the ocean or the sky." Iron Man swimmers appear like a flock of birds as he shoots them from the ocean floor. And surfers carving waves like jagged peaks of black obsidian emerge from billows of break that could just as easily be clouds.
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