As with every other ambitious photographer, Libor gets kind of discomposed before the shooting. He has a lot of things to do and forgetting just one of them could spoil the whole event. And Libor is not that kind of person, who needs a crew of assistants around him. So everything is up to him. First he gets his diving gear ready, so that he can spend more than three hours underwater… Then the photo equipement comes in order. Libor usually works with two cameras; Canon 10D digital reflex camera “instead of polaroid”, as he says smiling, yet nearly one fifth of the exhibited images were shot digitally. The undeniable advantage of digital cameras underwater is that you can check the results immediately. The second camera is a 35mm Canon EOS 3. Both cameras have custom BS Kinetics underwater housings. And there comes the dilemma: which photographic material to use? Black&white or colour? Negative or slide? Sometimes Libor even considers medium format, but he hasn´t chosen his type yet. Let´s not forget the lights please. Taking a good look at Libor´s photos, you´ll probably understand their special importance. One good guy invented fantastic 1000W lamps for Libor´s use underwater. Don´t worry, they work safely. But still they add some feeling of adventure. Some props like costumes or other requisities are to be used, too. Libor´s favourite thing to do except shooting nudes is fashion underwater.
A substantial element of Libor´s shooting are the models. But these models have to have a very special relation to water plus swimming skills and endurance (and fantasy as well). A three hour long session in the cold water is not easy. For the photographer, event though he keeps his body warm in a neoprene suit, the shooting is incredibly exhausting as well. So they all try to eat something to accumulate energy, but mostly there´s no time nor apetite for it. Transporting all the heavy gear to the location is hard work but if you ask Libor, why doesn´t he ask another strong guy to help him, he will probably answer, “Me and my Sabi can manage, we don´t need anybody else to disturb us.” These photos are so magic because everybody is alone while creating one joint thing. The photographer is alone with his lights and camera, the model is alone in the swimming pool – without goggles she can´t see anything but contours, half blinded by the chlorine water.
Recently Libor has been working on commercials and planning his next exhibition project from the Philippines. In the nearest future you can meet him and his naiads somewhere under the sea, using fish and sealife as extras.
Currently he’s preparing his next travelling Underwater Fine Art Nudes exhibitions, commercial campaigns and many other interesting projects. Simultaneously he keeps on running his diving school.
Written by Sabina Casarova.
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