Those of you into classic Hollywood of the last century will all be familiar with the wonderful movies that were made starring Esther Williams. Esther Jane Williams was an American competitive swimmer but was better known as a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie actress. She made a series of movies in the 1940s and early 1950s in a very special genre known as aquamusicals. These aquamusicals featured detailed performances with synchronized swimming and diving, always with Williams as the star of the water choreography. Williams’s established her Olympic caliber swimming and maneuvering underwater, along with her trademark smile that she flashed for the cameras even while submerged. She was the closest Hollywood would ever get to a real life mermaid.
Recently, a resident of Hawaii shot quite similar pictures of underwater beauties reminiscent of the Esther Williams images that many of us still remember. Micah Camara spends most of his time behind a camera, shooting photos of people swimming underwater.
The 21-year-old is particularly into capturing graceful movement, unlike other underwater photographers who merely like to shoot the undersea bed. Camara’s photographs feature mostly women in graceful acrobatic motion, striking elegant poses doing somersaults or pirouetting while beneath the surface.
The swimmers in his photographs appear to be weightless, as if floating in space free from the pull gravity. The underwater shots have a mesmerizing, dreamlike quality to them, and hearken to imagery of a world such as the mythical Atlantis. You almost expect Poseidon, the god of the sea to make an appearance, or perhaps even Esther Williams.
The series is called Underwater Shooting, with each photo depicting the grace and flexibility of the human body, when it is free and unhampered to move in a weightless environment such as the underwater landscape magnificently captured by Camara.
See his submerged images of frolicking beauties in here.