dive into art

on a single breath

In a world first, the team of “on a single breath”  presented a unique photo exhibition in an undersea cave on the beautiful island of Amorgos.

Those lucky enough to attend the event were treated to three collections of dozens of submarine sites of the Aegean Sea, which were taken between 2013 and 2018 by the Greek Free-diver and photographer Stefanos Kontos .

At a depth of 7 to 17 meters, the technique of free diving met the art of photography in a pioneering art event that was a first on a global scale.

The Underwater Gallery is the world’s first photo exhibition where the installation of exhibits and technical infrastructure, was done exclusively with the technique of apnea, free-diving. In order to show the photos in the open sea, a special technique of printing-on-aluminum was done, and then special light fixtures were used to illuminate them.

The location was in no marine sanctuary, no tank or no protected or controlled environment in any way. Exposed to the elements the free-divers had to overcome force 7 -8 winds and waves in order to submerge the entire installation and create a magical atmosphere that immersed visitors inside a dream.

Under the title, “Dive into Art on a Single Breath”, Stefanos presented three collections titled Mythos (myth), Yphalos (reef) and Vythos (seabed), with photos taken underwater without the use of scuba gear.

The free exhibition was unique as it was being staged underwater and set up by free divers only. Kontos and seven other divers installed all the necessary equipment without the use of scuba tanks.

“Big Blue dive lights” supported the event with lights, “Meister specialized diving gear” provided the wetsuits and “Technohull ribs” assisted with the transportation of the visitors.“Chromaluxe” supported this project by providing the material for the prints, and it was the metal-print technology that made this installation possible.

 

 

The “on a single breath” dive team:

Sotiris Stamatopoulos,

Ion Paraschis,

John Volakakis

Manolis Giankos

Tony Helm

Sun Young Kim (Bianca)

Stefanos Kontos

 

The Underwater Gallery, will be back !

 

The Underwater Gallery.

Under the auspice of: THE GREEK MINISTRY OF TOURISM, and THE GREEK MINISTRY OF MARITIME AFFAIRS AND INSULAR POLICY

Sponsors : CHROMALUXE, BIG BLUE DIVE LIGHTS, TECHNOHULL, MEISTER

Supporters: AQUA PETRA HOTEL, DERAMAR, PLAISIO, MARIANA LALAOUNI, PRINTING.GR

 

Music on this trailer by Really Slow Motion

Album: Spectrum

Composed by: Dylan C. Jones

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*this is a non-profit, art-appreciation event. the organizers, associates, sponsors and supporters and staff of the Underwater Gallery and all related entities to the event have no liability or responsibility for personal injury, property damage or wrongful death, however caused within or around the exhibition area .Any diving activities (diving, freediving, scuba diving, snorkeling or other) are conducted under the sole responsibility of each individual.

STEFANOS KONTOS underwater photography

 

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