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A Peak Below: Half-Underwater Photos Reveal What’s Lying Just Beneath the Ocean’s Surface

What you see on the surface isn’t always what lies beneath. This is true for nature photographer Matty Smith, who takes split-level or split-shot images of the ocean. The photos simultaneously capture what goes on above and below the surface of the water.

Smith tells Bored Panda what draws him to these half-underwater photos:

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, the transitional part of moving from one element to the next that feels so magical and the thought of what alien creatures I might encounter.

Because Smith captures more than just the ocean and its wondrous creatures, he classifies his work as “landscape” photography. This makes sense considering that his photos show the scenery above water – even if only partially – juxtaposed with an underwater world that usually remains invisible.

You can see Smith’s photos on his website or his Facebook page.

Now you can know what lies beneath the ocean’s surface.
 
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