Photographing The World from The Water in Europe

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Underwater Photography Project – The World from The Water

I love to photograph the world from the water. I’ve said it before and I’ll no doubt continue to repeat myself for as long as my photography career lasts.

The perspective of seeing above and below the water level in a single shot fascinates me. It’s like two worlds blending together; the element of water adding a soft and creative balance to the landscapes and coastlines above.

For the past year I’ve been based in France while I travel to various destinations around Europe for my photography project ‘The World from The Water’. Starting out I had grand plans to visit every nook and hidden bay of the Mediterranean. In reality, the Mediterranean is pretty damn big! While I may have Google Earthed the entire coastline from my home in Australia, during my time in Europe I narrowed it down to photographing a few select and accessible locations that intrigued me to capture their view from the water.

The destinations covered so far have been a result of weather conditions, the avoidance of summer crowds and sometimes surprising circumstances that led to photographing in unexpected places. The coast of Italy still begs to be explored more. My first shoot at Cinque Terre only furthered my dream of capturing the fishing villages of Sicily, colourful coastline of Tropea and of course the ultimate watery location, the canals of Venice.

Lakes in the Swiss Alps, glacier lagoons in Iceland and fountains in Paris and London were all surprise locations that made me open my eyes to the possibility of photographing all water bodies, not just the sea. A happy surprise which now means a waterproof camera is always prepared and ready to whip out of my bag!

As the project continues I’ll be venturing further abroad. On my wish list are the skylines of Dubai and New York City, the rugged scenery of Norway’s Lofoten Islands and Scotland’s Hebrides along with more adventures throughout the Mediterranean.

If you know of somewhere that would photograph beautifully from the sea, lakes or a fountain I would love if you could leave a comment below to share the location or idea!

Map: European Locations 2016

Below are a series of images taken on adventures during the first year of photographing ‘The World from The Water’…

Locations are noted in the captions 🙂

Naoussa, Paros Island, Greece.

Naoussa, Paros Island, Greece.

Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy

Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy

Chateau de Chillon, Lake Geneva, Switzerland

Chateau de Chillon, Lake Geneva, Switzerland

Trafalgar Square, London, United Kingdon

Trafalgar Square, London, United Kingdon

Warsaw Fountains, Paris, France

Warsaw Fountains, Paris, France

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Skogafoss, Iceland

Skogafoss, Iceland

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Fontaine de Vaucluse, France

Fontaine de Vaucluse, France

Buza Bar, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Buza Bar, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Old Port, Mykonos, Greece

Old Port, Mykonos, Greece

Little Venice, Mykonos, Greece

Little Venice, Mykonos, Greece

Calanque de Morgiou, France

Calanque de Morgiou, France

Old Port, Mykonos, Greece

Old Port, Mykonos, Greece

 

Hvar Island, Croatia

Hvar Island, Croatia

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Lac de Saint-Croix, Provence, France

Lac de Sainte-Croix, Provence, France

Estrahorn Mountain Range, Iceland

Estrahorn Mountain Range, Iceland

Skogafoss Waterfall, Iceland

Skogafoss Waterfall, Iceland

Kirkjufell, Iceland

Kirkjufell, Iceland

Orašac, Croatia

Orašac, Croatia

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Oia, Santorini, Greece

Oia, Santorini, Greece

Little Venice, Mykonos, Greece

Little Venice, Mykonos, Greece

Waterfall Ice Cave, Vatnajokull Glacier, Iceland.

Waterfall Ice Cave, Vatnajokull Glacier, Iceland.

Underwater Photography Project - The World from The Water by Lisa Michele Burns of The Wandering Lens

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9 Comments

  1. Jade

    November 17, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Such a beautiful collection of photos! I NEED to visit Cinque Terre 🙂

    • thewanderinglens

      November 21, 2016 at 5:38 pm

      Totally agree, it’s one of those must see places that should be on everyone’s list 🙂

  2. Stephanie Craig

    November 19, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    These are great! I especially like the ones from Greece.

    • thewanderinglens

      November 21, 2016 at 5:39 pm

      Thanks Stephanie, Greece is so photogenic from the sea!

  3. Carly

    November 19, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Love this unique look at things and especially love your photos from Iceland having just returned from an epic trip there myself!! 🙂

    • thewanderinglens

      November 21, 2016 at 5:40 pm

      Thanks Carly…how was your trip to Iceland!? Isn’t it just another world of all things naturally wow!?

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