THE MAKING OF A MERMAID
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.