Category Archives: Special Effects

Underwater Pole Dance/Fitness (Skylar Leigh) - Brett Stanley Photographer

Over the past decade I’ve photographed many performance artists, from Trapeze and Aerials to Fire Breathers and Stilt Walkers, and I’ve always wondered whether we could take these talents and put them underwater. I’ve talked before about my love of the ocean, so this was a natural idea for me. Then in 2013 I started working with some of these artists, getting their advice on how best to do this, and the more we talked the more it seemed possible. They were excited, I was excited, we jumped in the water and no one drowned! During the next 2 years I collaborated with some amazing women, capturing their incredible skills whilst underwater. My images of The Magenta Diamond (Tanya Drewery) performing Underwater Aerial Chains were featured in F11 Magazine, and photos of Sara Anderson Kidston with Madison Turner performing Underwater Lyra can be seen on my Behance page. Late in…

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Published in Dark Beauty, Issue 32 Model: Crystallion Heart Creative Director, Stylist, Hair + Makeup: Miss Dom Photographer : Brett Stanley Here’s a few that didn’t make it in to the magazine: ISSUE 32 – Over 400 pages featuring: Amanda Lepore, Alex Bland, Antonio Martez, Bang Nguyen, Charles Kovach, Charles Long, Christoph Struckmeier, Claire Basiuk, Claudio D’Avolio, Craig Mason, Yan Bleney, Denny Walentin, Brett Stanley, Eric Doolin, 135fotografiks, Fanny Dussol, Gabriel Nedelcu, H. James Hoff, Ignacio Irisarri, Irvin Rivera, Ismaele Bulla, Jannine T Photography, Joana Fux, Aries Lopez, Julia Comita, Julian Bern, Sequoia Emmanuelle, Juliet Labdien, Pascal Latil, Marie Copps, Marija Kablyté, Martin Strauss, Maximilian Kamps, Meiji Nguyen, Michael Meltser, Mikko Puttonen, Peter Collie, Pieke Roelofs, Polina Kuprina, Rainer Suck, Randy Tran, Sabina Yunusova, Sabina Chodorowska, Stefan Kolesnikowicz, Stefanie Anderson, Thanh Tran, Tomas Skaringa, Verginiya Yancheva, PULSE, Debra Lamb, and many others!

Last year, when we came back to Los Angeles after a 3 month trip back to New Zealand, we house-sat for some friends who work in the film industry as well. Whilst they were down in Georgia doing makeup and FX for a large TV show, we were enjoying the amazing house they had, and I was mostly enjoying the Air Conditioning and Ice Machine. Kevin & Kerrin had the most amazing collection of oddities and movie memorabilia I’d ever seen, cabinets of curiosities that threatened to freak me out on those midnight runs to the ice machine (it was hot, ok?). As we sat watching television I kept looking at the lone chair under the lamp, thinking how cool someone would look sitting there, perhaps smoking. It was an image that I thought I’d never get. Then out of the blue a few weeks ago Kerrin emailed me and…

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