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Behind the Lens: Mark Tipple

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The Australian photographer documents the underwater dance between human and ocean.

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It was a combination of accident and instinct that gave photographer Mark Tipple the inspiration for his ongoing photo series, The Underwater Project. “I was next to a swimmer while shooting surfing, and as a large wave broke in front of us I turned the camera on him to see what he went through while dealing with the wave above,” says Tipple. "Four years later I'm still completely fascinated — it's almost like the energy that created the waves is transferred to the swimmer for a fraction of a second." Observe that energy captured by Tipple's lens in the slideshow above.