Photographer Shoots Landscapes from Inside Waves

Although landscapes can seem stale from time to time, occasionally a photographer will come crashing through with a perspective that is so far unheard of. Ben Thouard has done just that, with his latest work capturing mesmerising landscapes from deep within breaking waves.

Showcasing the work in this short film created by ROAM, we see Thouard’s year-long exploration under the crystal waves across the shores and reefs of Tahiti. Entitled SURFACE, the project is an exercise in patience and underwater-photographic perfection.

Beginning with a brief history of Thouard’s career as a surf photographer, the film then details the extreme lengths that he went to in crafting the drowned landscapes.

Searching wide across the island, battling against constant failure, and spending countless hours underwater, SURFACE is a true labour of marine love.

“It’s hard to create those images. It happens a few times per year for half an hour maybe where you are able to shoot this kind of imagery.”

The film shows Thouard twisting gracefully under the sweeping blue waves, armed only with his camera – a Canon 1DX Mark II with AquaTech Delphin 1D Underwater Sport Housing. Although he makes it seem effortless, this type of shooting requires an expert knowledge of the water, made possible by years of determined experience.

But the final results were definitely worth the hard work, as we witness a handful towards the end of the video.

From hazy tropical peaks encircled by a shimmering blue and white sea, to a mirrored reef of exploding white surf and delicate reef, each image is an oceanic feast for the eyes.

For more of Thouard’s work, visit his website or Instagram.

Got a taste for some saltwater? Then check out our 13 Ways to Improve Your Underwater Photos!


Ed Carr is a Yorkshire-born landscape photographer and nature writer. Having spent his youth in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, he takes any opportunity to don his hiking boots and head out, camera in hand. When not out taking pictures or hastily scribbling down his thoughts, Ed’s halfway up a hill out chasing after his dog, Hendrix.