Underwater photography allows me to visually communicate the majestic feelings of scuba diving and the incredible interactions between myself and rarely seen creatures of our oceans. I want to generate compassion in people of how wonderful our seas are and how important it is to treat them with respect.
For me, one of the most wondrous parts of any dive is the moment that the water engulfs my mask as my head slips below the surface. I think it’s the suspense of the unknown of what lies beneath and the thought of what alien creatures I might encounter.
Matty Smith is a UK born and bred underwater photographer now based in Stanwell Park, NSW, Australia. After emigrating down under in 2007 in pursuit of furthering his photography career, Matty fell in love with the Pacific Ocean and has now made it his permanent playground. Matty is a contributing photographer for Ocean Geographic Magazine. His award-winning images have been exhibited worldwide, including the London Natural History Museum (UK) and the Australian Museum (Sydney).