THE ARTIST AT WORK

How moody light­ing, ex­quis­ite com­po­si­tion and a de­sire to re­veal a ship’s his­tory com­bine to make un­for­get­table images

Scuba Diving - - Contents - BY PA­TRI­CIA WUEST ED­I­TOR-IN-CHIEF

When pho­tog­ra­pher Becky Ka­gan Schott dives a ship­wreck — es­pe­cially one that is a ca­su­alty of war, weather or plain bad luck — she sees more than an in­ter­est­ing un­der­wa­ter sub­ject; she im­me­di­ately con­nects to its story and that of its crew. “I feel like I’m go­ing back in time and able to see a piece of his­tory in front of my own eyes,” she says. “I feel for­tu­nate to be able to share their for­got­ten sto­ries.” What amazes us most is Schott’s abil­ity to cap­ture the essence of a par­tic­u­lar ship, of­ten in a sin­gle, in­deli­bly ren­dered photo. Case in point: her pho­tos of sev­eral historic wrecks in three of the Great Lakes ( page 48). “Some of them are truly ghost ships,” she says. “Many of them are re­ally deep and re­mote, and the water is re­ally cold with tough con­di­tions. I like to push my­self to cap­ture a shot un­like any­one has seen be­fore. Then I like to go back and change the mood us­ing dif­fer­ent types of light­ing. In the end I feel a con­nec­tion with each wreck; I hope it comes through in my photography so the viewer con­nects as well.”

PA­TRI­CIA WUEST joined Scuba Div­ing in Oc­to­ber 1992 and has served as as­sis­tant, man­ag­ing and se­nior ed­i­tor. A diver for more than 25 years, she was named ed­i­tor-in-chief in 2013.

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