I never wrote a proper update for this fantastic photoshoot from 2013. Danielle Panabaker and many other celebrities were photographed by Tyler Shields in a series of underwater shots, you can see a BTS video here.
From Imitate Modern Art Gallery (where it was originally exhibited):
The gripping underwater series was photographed at various sub aqua locations – from the sea and Grand Canyon lakes to the lowly bathtub. It took six months to complete, and was chosen as a theme by Tyler to really challenge himself and push his own boundaries.
The participants had to learn how to hold their breath underwater for as long as possible- Tyler being the longest at a whopping 4mins 30 secs! Morgan Peszko was second best excelling at 2mins 01secs. This made the shoot both difficult and excitingly dangerous. The girls wore giant ball gowns to really emphasise the flowing elegance underwater. These heavily weighed them down in the water, to the point that the girls wanted to burn the dresses when the shoot was over!
When asked what the inspiration was behind ‘Submerged’, Tyler said “Shooting underwater is very, very hard. This series is about showing my view of an underwater world. A lot of these photos look like they are taken in space. They feel other worldly. My goal was to create the most insane underwater series ever done.”