Spotlight: Dimitris Maroulakis, Greece
In our Spotlight feature, we ask our members some questions to learn more about what inspires their photography, the processes they use to make images, and the stories behind their favorite pictures.
Q: What’s the story behind your favorite photo in your Your Shot gallery?
A: Do you recognize the name William Trubridge? Well, he is a multiple world-record holder in freediving and he is the first human in history to reach and pass the hundred-meter depth mark on one breath of air with no propulsion assistance (fins, etc.). It was early September 2013 when William landed in Athens airport in order to participate in the AIDA Individual Freediving World Championship in Kalamata, Greece. Despite the lack of available time during his transit from Athens, we managed to do a quick freedive session at the blue hole in the Vouliagmeni area. William lives close to Dean’s Blue Hole in the Bahamas, and he had visited many similar blue-hole places around the Earth, so he wanted to add this small one to his collection. After taking many shots and having a good time at sea, I noted during my processing that one photo was exceptional …
This blue hole is a very beautiful and eerie hole that burrows to 30 meters in a sandy patch of seafloor, and it is a freediving and scuba training spot for people. I have taken many shots at this place, but this specific shot was special. Not because a top-class freediver “flies” at the entrance but also because from this particular angle the whole scenery reminds me of an ear! So, the photo took the name Athens Blue Earhole, and the godfather is William Trubridge.
Q: Why do you take pictures?
A: For me, shooting is very challenging. I always try to disconnect from my body and find a special angle to take a photo underwater. Of course, there are no corners to hide behind in the water column, but there is a different, liquid, multidimensional blue world that provides an absolute environment for the expression of the inner soul. My scope is to bring to the public underwater moments that are hard to see or even feel from the routine “wheelchair.” My mission is to spread pictures that express the purest feelings and the strongest moments of freediving.
Q: What do you like to take pictures of and why?
A: I am absolutely interested in freediving and breath-holding photography. Freediving—competitive, recreational, or just for fun—was my main passion since a very early age. After so many years, I am confident that freediving teaches a high level of awareness, and through awareness people can change their lives and eliminate or at least reduce bad habits. I love shooting freediving competitions, training sessions, or even artistic poses at one breath of air.
Q: Are you a self-taught photographer? If not, how did you learn to shoot?
A: I am a self-taught photographer and I feel that I have a long and beautiful journey of continuous learning and experimenting in front of me.
Q: Are you currently working on any long-term photography projects?
A: I currently have many photography projects on my agenda, but the lack of available time slows me down. I hope to speed up and present my fresh block of pictures soon.
See more of Dimitris’s images in his Your Shot gallery.