Pacific Dreamstates

These underwater photographs were made on one breath of air while free diving with a Nikonos camera and 35mm film. After that, the black and white prints were made in the darkroom by hand. With them, I attempt to illustrate the reverie of the Pacific Ocean, seen from below – silent but so alive, serene yet profoundly haunting, the depths alternately shimmering with light or impenetrable with life.

Oriana Poindexter

Oriana Poindexter is a photographer, scientist, and salt lover based in Leucadia, California. A Southern California native, Oriana has been photographing the ocean, inside and out, since 2006. Website: | Instagram: @opoindex | Contact:

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