The beautiful marine life of the Andaman Sea is revealed through a young amateur photographer’s watery wanderlust.
It is sometimes said that diving in the deep sea is the nearest experience to space travel open to most of us mere mortals, and Sathita ‘Chompoo’ Amnuayskul is in no doubt that a trip to the ocean floor is akin to visiting a distant planet. The self-taught 25-year-old photographer and self-confessed adventure-junkie says, “Talk to people who scuba dive and they will tell you that when you are under water it is like being in another world. I have completed over a hundred open water dives since I qualified in 2012 and I can’t wait to go on my next one. It is a world I want others to see and appreciate, which is why I started to document the various species of fish, sea creatures, and coral off Thailand’s shores. They are a resource we must value and protect” An IT support engineer by profession, Amnuayskul says her need to get out and explore probably began as a subconscious reaction to her desk-bound job. “I’m sure it contributed to my desire to travel and experience life outside my comfort zone,” says the Chulalongkorn University graduate.
Already an accomplished landscape photographer, Amnuayskul was inspired to take up scuba diving and marine photography by the work of renowned underwater photographers Daniel Botelho and Yoshi Hirata. “Both have developed special techniques for getting the best shots and they are willing to experiment. Ocean currents and your own buoyancy, light and visibility, pressure at depth… these and many other factors make capturing good subaquatic images way more challenging than snapping shots on dry land.”
See more of Sathita Amnuayskul’s landscape and underwater imagery at: 500px.com/samnuayskul.