Egoista Magazine – Sky

Egoísta is unique in the Portuguese publishing market having won numerous international awards with regular contributions from some great names in photography, journalism, arts and literature and high profile figures in the areas of politics, culture and religion. Originally conceived by Atelier 004, Egoísta Magazine is part of the communication strategy of the Estoril Sol Casino (Estoril, Lisboa and Póvoa).

The December edition, ‘Sky’ ran a feature on some of my more ethereal underwater work…Their fabulously designed themed editions run quarterly with Patricia Reis as Editor and Henrique Cayatte as Art Director. Henrique is a graphic designer and illustrator, but he’s also a true voice for the visual arts and the founder of one of the most reputable newspapers in the region. And yes, he’s got a strong view on most matters… evidently backed up by facts. I had the pleasure of working with two incredibly professional creatives who refreshingly also have their heart and soul in the game…

creative underwater photography by maya
creative underwater photography by maya
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Behind the scenes of latest shoot at Action Underwater Studios

Behind the scenes shots from high speed shoot at Action Underwater Studios…with Robin Brigham (lead gaffer), Stuart Keasley (camera) & Adam Parkes, Ela Wlodarczyk (1st assistant & photographer), Neil Blackman (underwater gaffer), Kevin O’Connor (agent), Mandy Morris, Francisco Mouzinho & safety divers..

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underwater photography & motion

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Wet Soles…

I have long admired the work of the great Guy Bourdin. His quirky anthropomorphic compositions and intricate mise en scene ads left me slightly infatuated with legs.. In particular provocative edgy stilettos (which I’ve personally never worn..) So we experimented with an underwater fashion shoot to try to achieve a certain sassy mood in water..

What intrigued me was the potential context of contrasting the seductive feminine quality with the chaotic and unglamorous setting of a swimming pool..

Wet Soles

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Blue Mind

Blue Mind is a book I just started reading by the courageous Dr. Wallace J. Nichols. I say courageous, because he’s a Marine Biologist that has ventured into a ‘progressive’ type of neuroscience (or rather ’Neuroconservation’ as he calls it) based on what he has instinctively known for years… that we all share a connection to water and that its essential for a healthy, balanced life. Wallace describes it as a “A mildly meditative state characterized by calm, peacefulness, unity and a sense of general happiness and satisfaction with life in the moment”
An E.E. cummings poem he quotes  “In the ocean we always find ourselves”. The great Umberto Pelizzari, a mentor who introduced me to freediving, also believed this to be the case..
Wallace believes that oceans, lakes, rivers, pools and even fountains can irreversibly affect our minds. He has started the ‘Blue Movement’ and over the last years, brought together a range of experts including neuroscientists and cognitive psychologists to scientifically prove the huge value that a healthy ocean has for society. In presenting the value of oceans and waterways, he feels the current conservation approach is incomplete, as it ommits the cognitive, emotional, psychological and social benefits derived from healthy water.
A link to his site:  Blue Mind site
TED talks:
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The Tribe

I’m not a big New Year celebration girl but as any cycle that comes to a close, it leaves some room for reflection..
2015 was full of great and awful in equal measure. (still pondering on whether that’s always the case,..hopefully not!) Despite all, the overriding feeling is one of immense fulfillment and gratitude. This is mostly because of the outstanding individuals whom I have been fortunate enough to share the previous year with.. both on set and behind the scenes. The energy and encouragement have been phenomenal. This is particularly exciting coupled with an eager anticipation of what’s yet to come…
Looking back it will have been the year I became fully aware of the power of The Tribe…
By that I mean people, irrespective of background who speak the same language, who share a sense of belonging that’s generated from an unspoken familiarity, common values. That tremendous sense of freedom that’s the result of collective creative inspiration. Its fueled me.
Creatives (whether practitioners or not) are dreamers and that in my book is an act of courage and of love.
I’ve finally published the underwater portraits shot behind textured screens: Acrylic Underwater Portraits
The result of a collaboration with these incredible people:
Creative Director – Lee Coventry
Lighting Director – Robin Brigham
Make-up Artist – Sara Menitra
Producer – Antony Frew
Models – Mariana Rebocho, Ana Casian, Oksana Tkach, Mariana Borges, Marina Beirao da Veiga, Alline de Menezes
Here’s to a great 2016!
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Soul Food..

After a recent immediate connection with a ‘fellow creative’ – Tommy  I was inspired by something he said that had never occurred to me : ‘We are all born creative. Life just kicks it out of us – or some of us at least’.  After some thought, I realised how wise and accurate what he said was when thinking about of how kids are constantly been imaginative in one way or another.

So along that line of thought, I needed inspiration for a presentation I’m putting together on a project involving art and business and came across some really great quotes by known artists.

Here are some of my favourites:

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” Aristotle

“No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.” Oscar Wilde

“The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.” Piet Mondrian

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” Twyla Tharp

“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” Auguste Rodin

“To be an artist is to believe in life.” Henry Moore

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Edgar Degas

“I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.” Frida Kahlo

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Henry David Thoreau

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” Dr Suess

“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” Henry Ward Beecher

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