Deep Sea Darling

Friday December 1, 2023

Justin Lutsky H20GRAPHY Nestled off the coast of Amed in Bali, the Liberty Shipwreck is a submerged marvel that beckons divers and history enthusiasts alike. This iconic wreck, a relic from World War II, rests gracefully on the black volcanic sands, its skeletal remains now teeming with vibrant marine life. Originally a United States Army cargo ship, the USS Liberty was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in 1942 and eventually found its final resting place in Bali’s crystal-clear waters. Today, the Liberty Shipwreck stands as a living testament to the indomitable spirit of history, offering divers a unique opportunity to explore the remnants of war and witness the stunning transformation of a oncedevastated vessel into a thriving underwater ecosystem. Inspired by the captivating allure of Bali’s Liberty Shipwreck, I found myself drawn into the depths of creativity, envisioning an extraordinary underwater photo shoot that would seamlessly blend the haunting history of the wreck with the timeless elegance of a retro model. The submerged skeletal remains of the USS Liberty sparked a vision of juxtaposing the remnants of war with the grace of vintage glamor. With its mysterious ambiance and marine tapestry, the Liberty served as the perfect stage for this underwater visual narrative, where each frame tells a story of resilience and elegance against the backdrop of time and tides. Collaborating with underwater model Abbey Blake amidst the grandeur of a shipwreck was nothing short of a mesmerizing experience. Abbey’s professionalism and aquatic grace added an extra layer of enchantment to the already haunting setting of the submerged vessel. As the sun’s rays filtered through the ocean’s depths, casting ethereal beams upon the corroded remains, Abbey effortlessly brought a retro allure to the underwater scene. Adorned in vintageinspired swimwear, she moved with a timeless elegance,...... Read more on Full Issue!

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