This Photographer Reveals The Mysterious Creatures Lurking Underwater

Matty Smith knows that one of the most wondrous parts of any dive is that moment his head drops below the water’s surface, and he becomes part of the underwater world. He chalks that up to “the suspense of the unknown of what lies beneath, the transitional part of moving from one element to the next.”
It’s this love that draws him to taking half over half underwater images. “It’s the best way I can communicate to a non-diver what it’s all about,” he says, “to marry a wet and unfamiliar world with a dry and more familiar one.”
Check out Matty’s amazing half over half images below. You can see more of his work at his website.


1. Physalia Physalis: Bushrangers Bay, NSW Australia

2. Smiling Assassin: American Crocodile, Jardines de la Reina, Cuba

3. A Silky Encounter 1 : Jardines de la Reina, Cuba

4. Ocean Rose: Bass Point, NSW Australia

5. Shellharbour, Australia


6. Silver Bream Shoal

7. Crimson Tide: Waratah Anemones, Port Kembla, NSW Australia

8. Bluebottle Army: Bluebottle cnidarian, Bushrangers Bay, NSW Australia

9. Your Move: American Crocodile, Jardines de la Reina, Cuba

10. A Silky Encounter 2: Jardines de la Reina, Cuba

11. A Shock of Blue: Bushrangers Bay, NSW Australia

12. Legal Immigrant: A Long Finned Eel, Botanical Gardens, Sydney

13. The Reef, The Kingdom of Tonga

14. Bushrangers Bay, NSW Australia

15. Silver Bream

16. Shellharbour, Australia