I’ve had the privilege of observing painter Victor Grasso capture the visceral evolutions of coastal life and slam them onto the national scene, bringing his allure to many fans along the way. When a local gallery wanted to feature Victor’s work portraying the well-watered world which he so masterfully constructs, I was hired to take his portrait for publication in Exit Zero. I knew we had to do something underwater, and excitedly so since we could put that fancy rig to use.
Since we don’t own strobe systems for the underwater housing, 3 halogen lights were stationed around a pool to provide the adequate amount of luminosity, along with the installed pool light itself which became our backlight. Interestingly enough, the continuous light sources added a natural blur and realism to the photos, which I admired. The smell of the dead fish was not so appreciated.
This was the shot used for the double truck. The dead fish was shot separately and photoshopped in. To make the dead fish look ‘alive’, an assistant would tug on its tail so that’s its fins would inflate with water.
“Vic! You left your squid!”