Kanoa Zimmerman is a photographer whose work will take your breath away — fitting, as his most of his images are taken underwater. Growing up in Hawaii, the young photographer was in the water nearly as often as on land, so the ocean naturally became his subject of choice. His photos transform the water into a mystic world, where up and down are one in the same and the surroungdings appear infinite. His latest underwater venture had him capturing spear fishers in Fiji. We asked the photographer some questions about his work.
When did you start taking photographs? Was there a moment when you knew this was something you wanted to do as a career?
I first started taking photographs in 9th grade, basic black and white course. It was more of a culmination of moments that led to me thinking this is what I want to do.
How did the ocean become your subject of choice?
Growing up in Hawaii exposed me to surfing, fishing and diving among other things. I've continued to gravitate towards the ocean and when I got into photography it felt natural to document what was around me.
Where is you favorite place you've traveled to for your photography?
Fiji is up there, along with Hawaii, California, New Zealand, Mexico, Japan, it's hard to pick favorites.
Would you say there there are any similarities between spear fishing and taking photographs?
There are some parallels that can be drawn, timing being the most crucial.
What would your alternate career be, if you couldn't be a photographer?
I'd be a D.P.
Where are you headed next?
Headed to Japan few weeks for the opening show of a project I just completed with sign painter Jeff Canham. We did a small book and series of work on hand painted signs in Oaxaca Mexico for Stussy Japan.