The Underwater Maiden
Better Photography|July 2021
Valia Efstathiou talks about her never-ending love for the deep blue sea and why she sometimes wishes she was a mermaid.
Valia Efstathiou, Conchita Fernandes

Ever since I was a little girl, the sea has always been my safe place. This had a lot to do with the fact that I lived my entire life in Greece, amidst its crystal clear waters. Its tranquility continues to draw me towards it, and every time that I dive into the sea, I find myself revisiting my childhood days.

My Perspective

I think this was the biggest reason behind the development of my underwater portrait series—to preserve the happiest memories from my growing-up years. Also, at the time that I started the series, Greece was hit with a financial meltdown. I think shooting underwater was my way of seeking creative ways to escape reality. Nevertheless, I will always consider myself fortunate to be part of such a captivating country like Greece.

My Assignment

Description

To create illusionary underwater photographs

Duration

I have been photographing the series on and off, since 2010. However, in the last few years, I have been shooting much more regularly.

Notes

The series has been a very liberating experience. It has allowed me to become one with the sea.

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