How Christy Lee Rogers is pushing the boundaries of underwater photography

“Riders of the Light” by Christy Lee Rogers Credit: Christy Lee Rogers

Among those who call “underwater photography” their specialty, Christy Lee Rogers stands apart.

Instead of immersing herself in water, she instead follows its movement and that of models dreamily wading, by shooting from above. “I think what I do differently than most underwater photographers is that I am shooting from above the water and I’m using (the) refraction of lights,” the Nashville-based photographer and filmmaker told CNN. “So you get this sort of bending (effect).”

Rogers has taken more than 15 years to develop her technique, earning multiple accolades along the way, including the Sony World Photography Award for Open Photographer of the Year in 2019. The “otherworldly” quality of her work comes from constant experimentation.

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