Real Mermaids

Mermaids in the fairy tales say hello to us from the coasts of Bali.

Here is a great work thanks to a dedicated and harworking team. The work including the photographs of two models as experienced free divers(divers who do not use oxygen tanks underwater) around a shipwreck 25 meters underwater belongs to the Montreal-based photographer Benjamin Von Wong who is known for his complicated productions and fantastic images.


In order to succeed, there should be lots of components.Here are some challenges:

From Von Wong:
“Everything is more complicated underwater. To name a few:
• Normal models wouldn’t work unless they had extensive dive training and even then, they wouldn’t have the ability to hold their breaths for very long, especially at depth so Free Divers were going to be required.
• Normal clothes couldn’t be rented since the sea water would wreck them, so we had to find a designer willing to part with the clothing they’d lend us.
• Normal assistants wouldn’t work, specially trained safety divers were going to be necessary to ensure a smooth photoshoot.
• Scouting would be complicated – local divers would be necessary for us to navigate around the wreck and deal with unpredictable changes in the weather and tide.
• Lighting and gear would be limited – shooting underwater meant that we had to work with what we had available: on camera strobes or natural light.”


The beautiful flowing dresses were provided by international Bali-based designer Ali Charisma. The dresses transform them into the wonderfully mermaids or nymphs of mythology, who threatened to drag sailors bewitched by their beauty to the cold, dark depths.


Another important point: No photoshop was used to create this photos except for post production. This work is named as “Part 1” by Wong and we look forward to seeing and writing about the other parts, please keep visiting our website.


Note: Wong will be giving a photoshop workshop in San Diego! Please click here click here to see the details.

Behind The Scenes

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Images: Von Wong

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