Incredible Half-Underwater Photos Show Us What Life Looks Like Beneath The Surface

“For me one of the most wondrous parts of any dive is the moment that the water engulfs my mask as my head slips below the surface. 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. That is what draws me to taking half over half underwater images. It’s maybe the best way I can communicate to a non-diver what it’s all about, to marry a wet and unfamiliar world with a dry and more familiar one.”

Matty Smith is an multi award-winning photographer specializing in travelling between dimensions: air and water. His “half-over-half-under” images have proven incredibly popular across the world due to their stunning depictions of life divided/connected as it is through these two abundant elements.

His work has been featured in Australian, Asian and Ocean Geographic Magazines, Nikkon Life and others, and he has received accolades for carrying the technique — pioneered by 70’s photographer David Doubilet — to the next level. One look at the images below and it is easy to see why. You can view his full gallery and the prints he has for sale here.



Physalia Physalis: Bushrangers Bay, NSW Australia

Smiling Assassin: American Crocodile, Jardines de la Reina, Cuba

A Silky Encounter 1 : Jardines de la Reina, Cuba

Ocean Rose: Bass Point, NSW Australia

Crimson Tide: Waratah Anemones, Port Kembla, NSW Australia

Bluebottle Army: Bluebottle cnidarian, Bushrangers Bay, NSW Australia

Your Move: American Crocodile, Jardines de la Reina, Cuba

A Silky Encounter 2: Jardines de la Reina, Cuba

A Shock of Blue: Bushrangers Bay, NSW Australia

Legal Immigrant: A Long Finned Eel, Botanical Gardens, Sydney