THE MAK­ING OF A MERMAID

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Pic­tures of grace­ful free­d­ivers cap­ture the dream-like qual­ity of this beau­ti­ful sport. But cre­at­ing th­ese el­e­gant images is harder than it looks

FREEDIVING, it changed my life; I have been fall­ing in love with this sport from the mo­ment I first dived into the sea. To­day, I am both a freediving in­struc­tor and freediving com­pe­ti­tion judge, but I’ve also got two other sur­pris­ing ti­tles: “un­der­wa­ter model” and “mermaid”. I never would have thought that I could ac­tu­ally make a job out of th­ese last two.

My friend took the first pic­ture of my first dive. It cer­tainly wasn’t a pro­fes­sional pic­ture, taken by a cam­era wrapped in a plas­tic wa­ter­proof bag. It is not clear at all, but it was the first time I had seen my­self in the wa­ter, and I loved the way I looked in it. I seemed taller and more slen­der, fully re­laxed, flow­ing in space, sur­rounded by a school of fish.

By Dada Li

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