At the end of October Emma Critchley asked me to shoot her portrait for the BBC for her upcoming radio documentary ‘Pursuit of Beauty: Art Beneath the Waves‘. I first met Emma on Brighton beach in the early 2000s when she was shooting a project on Brighton swimming club, I’ve stayed in contact with her ever since and watched her career go into over drive! Emma is a lens based sub-aquatic artist. She does amazing things with cameras and in and around water, so it was an honor when she asked me to shoot her portrait for the BBC.
She contacted me on the last Thursday in October, by that time the summer weather was making an appearance less frequently. Luckily the following Saturday was going to be perfect for a beach photo shoot, the weather was clear and the sunrise was going to be synced with a low tide. Emma wanted portraits that were shot in and around the water. We met up at 7:15am and then started off shooting on the beach and moved into the water. It was a really fun relaxed shoot, after we headed to her studio for breakfast and the edit which was finished by midday.
Her documentary is now available to listen to on the BBC website. In the program she interviews different artists who work with the underwater environment, which amazingly includes a pair of artists that draw and sketch wildlife underwater. As well as listening to the show you can also read this article that accompanies the program about the different artists that appeared in the program.