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The June 2012 Issue of Scuba Diving magazine features Brandi’s photography in an article on night diving.
“9 Night Dives Worth Skipping Happy Hour For”
“Night diving with crabs and lobsters can be fun, but diving after the sun sets is even better with a marine-life experience that doesn’t make you think twice about skipping happy hour – think pack-hunting sharks, black-water pelagic encounters, acrobatic mantas and more. While you might love kicking back with a cold beer or a stiff rum punch to watch the sun sink into the ocean, it’s worth dragging on your clammy wetsuit and diving into the dark for these nine fantastic night dives.”
“Specially designed UV lights and lens filters allow divers to see underwater fluorescence in spots like Bonaire.”
Model-turned-underwater photographer Brandi E. Irwin dives deep.
Like many models before her, Brandi E. Irwin is better known by her nickname. Except her alias has nothing to do with body or her face, she’s the Girl with Gills. That’s because Brandi is a pioneer of underwater photography, logging countless dives to the ocean floor to document rare marine life and coral reefs. “I started diving when I was 17″ , explains Irwin, who calls New York home when she’s on dry land. “So when I got into modeling I really wanted to try shooting an underwater fashion story. I ended up working with aquariums instead!”
But it was during a night dive in the Dutch Caribbean that Brandi tapped into an essentially unexplored medium: florescence. “Certain animals glow in the dark when you shine a UV light on them.” Brandi says, “No one really knows why. I was the first photographer to ever bring photos of these glow-ion-the-dark sea creatures to the surface.” Brandi’s pitch-black deep-water dives often yield once in a lifetime photo opportunities, since the animals she shoots are easily scared away. “I can only come out with what the ocean gives me,” she explains, “All I can do is swim down and keep an open mind.”
Liquid Film Photography members Brandi Irwin, Matthew Stahl and Venson Kuchipudi have been working closely with the staff at the Oklahoma Aquarium to try and reveal the mystery of fluorescence. We walked through the aquarium late at night and peered into each dark gloomy tank with our UV lights and made some astonishing discoveries! We discovered fish species and coral species that fluoresce that no one knows about!
We discussed our findings with Ann Money, the Aquariums Marine Biologist, and she helped us identify what we were looking at. After our night tour we were invited to the Aquariums Wet Lab, an offsite holding area for fish and corals, to take photographs and video of these incredible new fluorescent species.
Photographer Brandi Irwin jumped at the offer to submerge herself and her camera into these tanks to take the first ever fluorescent photographs of these species. As Brandi takes the photographs, Matthew Stahl assists her by holding the UV light on the subject for proper illumination and makes sure that her surroundings in the water are safe and clear from other potentially harmful fish. Videographer Venson Kuchipudi captures all of the excitement of the fluorescent photoshoot on video.
Together, Liquid Film Photography and the Oklahoma Aquarium, are excited to make many more new discoveries and make an impacting SPLASH in the unknown world of marine fluorescence!!!
Stay tuned to our Website, Facebook and Twitter for more interesting posts and photos on our work in fluorescence!
Ocean’s wonders surface through photographer’s lens
An Oklahoma photographer is bringing the fluorescent wonders of the underwater world from the ocean floor to the Oklahoma Aquarium.
Brandi E. Irwin, a native of Shawnee, and Liquid Film Photography opened an exhibition entitled “Something Special Underwater” at a reception Nov. 8.
The exhibit, which runs through Nov. 28 and is included with general admission tickets, has turned the aquarium into a gallery featuring 55 photos of fluorescent sea creatures such as anemones, corals, fish and more.
Oklahoma photographer brings underwater exhibit to aquarium
A photographer who captures rare photos of underwater glow-in-the-dark creatures has brought her collection to her home state.
Oklahoma native Brandi Irwin’s photo collection of florescent marine creatures will be on display at the Oklahoma Aquarium, 300 Aquarium Drive in Jenks, through December.
Irwin heard about fluorescing creatures while studying with a photography instructor in the Dutch Caribbean.
Irwin, who lives in New York and had been working in underwater fashion photography, became intrigued by the prospect of photographing fluorescent creatures because of the challenge it posed.
Exhibit at the Oklahoma Aquarium getting glowing reviews
She was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma but her travels have taken her around the world. Brandi Irwin began her career as a model and it’s easy to see why. She is a beautiful blonde young lady over six feet tall. Her easy smile tells you she is not taken with herself but she is serious about her current career. That work is on display for several weeks this month at the Oklahoma Aquarium. It’s called “Something Special Underwater” and it is a work that has been years in the making. Irwin takes underwater photographs but not just any kid, these are of fluorescent animals at night.
Underwater photography on display in Jenks
Brandi Irwin was born and raised in Shawnee and lives in New York City. She spends most of her time diving underwater to capture stunning and bright photographs and document the regions of the deep that aren’t illuminated by many.
Irwin is one of a handful of people in the country who practice fluorescent photography, meaning they use a blue or green light to help capture images, and Irwin does all of her shooting underwater at night.
Irwin had her artwork on display at an exhibit in Jenks called “Something Special Underwater.” It was last night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Oklahoma Aquarium.
She said her style of photographing underwater using no lights or natural lighting is a unique enterprise.
“It’s done at night with special lighting and special filters and it’s the things that glow in the dark,” Irwin said. “I’m the only person in the country bringing it to the surface and having it exhibited in places like aquariums.”
She said this type of photography is very difficult to do and there are a lot of hobbyists trying to do it on their own, however, Irwin said that doing it in the dark makes it much more difficult to accomplish.
Photographer Brandi E. Irwin of Liquid Film Photography will bring aquarium visitors a unique look at sea life in her new photo exhibit “Something Special Underwater,” on view in the Ocean View Room above Conservation Hall. Irwin’s photos feature fluorescent marine creatures, including fish, corals, anemones, and more, taken on nighttime scuba dive trips in the Caribbean Sea. Liquid Film Photography is proud to support the ongoing work of the New York Aquarium by donating a portion of the proceeds from this show.
Brandi Irwin and Liquid Film Photography as featured on the New York Nightly News with Chuck Scarborough (Friday, May 27th at 7pm).
“BRANDI IRWIN UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHER TALKS ABOUT HER CAREER AS A UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHER AND WHAT LED HER TO IT.”