Matthew Smith was born in Britain, but he immigrated to Australia after realizing he had a deep and unrelenting love for the spoils of the Pacific coastline and ocean. There, he began photographing the ocean from a unique perspective: Half above the water, and half under.
Because of the nature of his shots, Smith is able to capture the ocean and aquatic life in a unusual and and sometimes terrifying ways. Take, for example, his shot of the American crocodile, which he snapped after hours of patience and a healthy dose of bravery.
“I think it’s the suspense of the unknown of what lies beneath, the transitional part of moving from one element to the next that feels so magical, and the thought of what alien creatures I might encounter," Smith said. "That is what draws me to taking half-over-half underwater images.”
Smith's work is currently on display at the Australian Museum in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. You can check out his compelling photographs, along with the artist's words, below.
American Crocodile, Jardines de la Reina, Cuba. I wanted to make an image that had both strong eye contact and visible teeth to bring out the character and personality of this animal.