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Ethereal images of underwater models

Ethereal images of underwater models are captured by a photographer who holds her breathe for minutes at a time to secure the mesmerising shots

  • Lexi Laine, from Brighton, uses natural light through the water to set the scene for her otherworldly images 
  • Photographer has to hold her breath for three and a half minutes in order to capture the ethereal snapshots 
  • She has come across crocodiles and jellyfish while directing models in the Mediterranean Sea and Mexico 

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Ethereal images of underwater models are captured by a British photographer who holds her breath for minutes at a time in order to secure the mesmerising snapshots.

Lexi Laine, from Brighton, uses natural sunlight rippling through the water to set the scene for her otherworldly images, for which she travels as far as the Mediterranean Sea and lagoons in Mexico. 

The photographer, 38, who can hold her breath for three and a half minutes, said she has been interrupted by jellyfish and crocodiles while posing her models in elegant gowns among the sea life.

‘The real aim for me with my work is to transport people to that feeling that I have when I’m underwater,’ Ms Laine said. ‘To me it feels like a completely different world to the crazy world we’re in right now.’

Her models are also able to hold their breath for extended amounts of time in order to capture the underwater images, which Ms Laine began curating in 2014. 

‘I’ve always loved being underwater,’ she said. ‘I’ve always loved scuba diving and snorkelling throughout my adult life. I combined my two loves together.’ 

The photographer has focused much of her art on the issue of plastic pollution in our seas and oceans, including one image which captures models posing with plastic sheets in the shape of the world map. 

Ethereal underwater photographs are captured by a British photographer who holds her breath for minutes at a time in order to secure the mesmerising snapshots

Lexi Laine, from Brighton, uses natural light shining through the water to set the scene for her otherworldly images, for which she travels as far as the Mediterranean Sea and lagoons in Mexico

Lexi Laine, from Brighton, uses natural light shining through the water to set the scene for her otherworldly images, for which she travels as far as the Mediterranean Sea and lagoons in Mexico

The photographer, 38, who can hold her breath for three and a half minutes, said she has been interrupted by jellyfish and crocodiles while posing her models in beautiful gowns among natural sea life

The photographer, 38, who can hold her breath for three and a half minutes, said she has been interrupted by jellyfish and crocodiles while posing her models in beautiful gowns among natural sea life

The images capture models in elegant gowns as they pose among sea life, with natural light shining behind them

The images capture models in elegant gowns as they pose among sea life, with natural light shining behind them

This image, Ghost Nets, captures five models in skin coloured clothes as  they pose underwater inside a fishing net

This image, Ghost Nets, captures five models in skin coloured clothes as  they pose underwater inside a fishing net

Ms Laine has also focused her stunning photography on the issue of plastic pollution in our seas and oceans. This photograph - Single Use Planet - shows models posing underwater with plastic in the shape of a world map

Ms Laine has also focused her stunning photography on the issue of plastic pollution in our seas and oceans. This photograph – Single Use Planet – shows models posing underwater with plastic in the shape of a world map

Other images show mirrored figures with trees appearing to grow at the side of the frame as light fragments through the water

Other images show mirrored figures with trees appearing to grow at the side of the frame as light fragments through the water

Pictured: Bags for life

Pictured: Angelita

Another image captures a model surrounded by discarded plastic carrier bags (left) while other photographs show models surrounded by sea life

Award-winning photographer Ms Laine (left) a highly skilled free diver who can hold her breath for three and a half minutes

Award-winning photographer Ms Laine (left) a highly skilled free diver who can hold her breath for three and a half minutes

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