Kate Westaway is one of the world’s most accomplished – and intrepid – underwater photographers. For her, being underwater is the perfect antithesis to the world above the waves; away from technology and human disturbance there’s just the gentle sway of the current and the noise of your breath. It forces you to slow down and is a great place to potter. It is also a great place for adventure.
She studied Underwater Photography at Falmouth College of Art in Cornwall, Englanbd from 1997-2000. She cut her teeth on trips to the Red Sea and pool work involving subjects that spent time underwater, synchronised swimmers, babies learning to swim, surf life savers who were training. She fell in love with water and those that inhabit it.
She says “underwater photography isn’t an ideal choice of career for a perfectionist as there are so many things that can go wrong and so many variables that are out of your control. On the technical side I’ve learned the hard way, making many, many mistakes and when it comes to nature, I’ve learned to be patient.”