Howard Schatz started experimenting with underwater
photography in 1992 when he was offered the use of an indoor pool.
He became inspired to photograph ballet dancers after his friend,
who happened to be dancer posed in his underwater studio. "Here
was a physically trained professional, with a beautiful, honed
body, in a weightless environment," he recalls. "Classical
dancers are taught to look like feathers. Underwater, they are
feathers." Schatz was fascinated by the way the body moves
in water, he was also intrigued by how light interacts with water.
"there's a point at which the light won't exit the water-in
other words, the underside of the surface of the water acts like
The underwater images are languid and elusive, the dancers graceful
poses draw the viewer into a dreamlike world.
The photographs of Howard Schatz are included in many museum collections