Over the last three years, Mark Tipple has dedicated himself to a unique form of underwater photography that he calls The Underwater Project.
In late 2009, Tipple was looking for ways to showcase the humanitarian projects he was working on, and after years of photographing surf, he happened upon an image that would re-direct his career. While shooting shorebreak, Tipple dove under a wave and noticed a group of kids next to him, thrashing and struggling under the whitewash. He turned his camera, fired off a quick shot, and realized that this was the angle he’d been looking for. That picture, entitled Escape, gave birth to The Underwater Project.