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Kurt Arrigo

WONDERING WETHER THIS AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHER EVER SETS FOOT ON SHORE? WE DECIDED TO TAKE MATTERS INTO OUR OWN HANDS AND GOT THE CHANCE TO GET TO KNOW THE ARTIST A LITTLE BIT BETTER THROUGH THIS INTERVIEW.

THE ARCHIVE: How did you first discover your passion for photography?

KURT: I picked up my first proper camera when I was 16 following my older brothers footsteps. It was only until I started taking potos whilst I was yacht racing that I realised that it had become a passion which slowly started to take over …

TA: What was your first camera?

K: My first SLR was a Pentax Super A.

TA: What process do you follow when starting a new project?

K: Personally I find it to be quite easy when I photograph a subject I know well (like yacht racing) and when I know how to prepare for it. It was only later in the game that I realised how more focused one would need to be if I needed to create dynamic and creative content.

TA: What is sports to you?

K: I feel most connected with water related activities. Although I do very much enjoy shooting sports in general.

TA: What is creativity to you?

K: Creating unique content where one can see that the artist has gone out of his way to create something special.

TA: If your photographs could have a soundtrack, what would it be?

K: The Big Blue.

TA: What was your most challenging shooting?

K: I feel most challenged when I haven’t prepared enough and therefore feel not connected.

TA: Where do you spend more time, underwater or on shore?

K: I tend to live onshore but I use any excuse to go into the water: sailing, shooting  or anything sea related.

TA: How long was your longest shooting underwater up to date?

K: I would say close to 4 consecutive  hours.

TA: What was the best advice someone gave you?

K: In my early days, I had read an artilce with the headline ‘If you don’t have a good sense of humor, don’t take up underwater photography.’, I still live by it.

TA: What advice would you give someone who is just starting with submarine photography?

K: Do it for the love of it and not for the money.

TA: Can you tell us a bit about what projects lay ahead of you in the near future?

K: I have just completed a few interesting Under Water projects, filming Project for  DAN and their ambassadors,   which we will carry on with a few more. Besides that I have an exciting calendar ahead shooting a number of yachting events.

Find out more about Kurt Arrigo and his work on his website, Facebook and Instagram.

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