BRETT STANLEY: It’s that unbelievable freeness of being under the water that is gonna give
you some amazing photos. COMM: Photographer Brett Stanley has teamed up with a host of cosplays stars to create
some incredible underwater images. BRETT STANLEY: I have been into the water since I was a kid. I was a water baby growing
up. I was always in the water, we had a backyard pool and if I wasn’t in that, I was in the
ocean. Later on when I grew up and became a photographer, it was marrying the two together
and it was perfect. For me, to make a good photo as opposed to an average photo, I think
it comes down to a few things. There is the model, making sure that they are believing
what they are doing. If they are showing fear or if they are not comfortable, that really
shows through. So, making them comfortable is half the job of making a believable photo. COMM: Brett started working with cosplay and fantasy performers hoping that his series would create a setting worthy of their incredible costumes. BRETT STANLEY: The lighting is everything and getting it to look the way I want and
to not look natural I think for me. I like the surreal-ness. I like trying to make the
scene look dream-like, to be out of the ordinary. COMM: Cosplay artist create their own fantasy personas, based on animated TV shows, pop
culture or their own imaginations, creating the perfect subjects for Brett’s dream-like photos. BRETT STANLEY: Underwater you can gain that kind of surreal-ness a lot easier. It’s
the weightlessness, the slow motion, it’s the lack of sound down, there’s a real,
there’s a silence and you kind of, you’re in your own head and you’re down there with
yourself and whatever, whatever your thoughts are, they come out in those kind of shots. BRETT STANLEY: There is not many of my shoots that I go in with an actual story in mind.
A lot of it is a collaboration with the model and perhaps the designer or the stylist, or the
make-up artist. I feel like it all comes together once we hit the water and the idea comes out.
So I will say to anyone who hasn’t done a water shoot is to try it. Whether you can
swim or not, it doesn’t matter.