Zena Holloway was born in Bahrain in 1973 and raised in London. As an underwater photographer and director, her interest in underwater photography started when she was 18 while working her way around the globe as a scuba diving instructor. Charmed by the magic of the underwater world, she began experimenting with a camera and gradually taught herself the skills needed to master this most technical of photographic techniques.
Her images are striking, instinctive and driven by a deep understanding of her medium. She delivers the remarkable, combining the highly technical aspects of underwater photography with superb creative direction resulting in extraordinary, ethereal and magical imagery evocative of mystical fairytales suspended in time. She has taken underwater photography to entirely new depths.
Zena’s renowned underwater photography appears regularly for publications such as How to Spend it, GQ, The Observer Magazine, 125, Tatler and Dazed & Confused.
She has won many international awards and her commercial clients include: Nike, Umbro, Radox, Kyle Minogue, Sony, Epson, Herbal Essences, National Geographic and Jacuzzi.
“If you thought that fashion was a highly specialised area of photography. Bahrain born Zena Holloway has somehow managed to take it one step further by focussing her career on the underwater variety. At the age of 18, while working her way around the globe as a scuba diving instructor, Zena began experimenting with cameras and gradually taught herself the skills needed to master this most technical of photographic techniques. Now based in London, she regularly shoots for a range of magazines and advertising clients who appreciate the unique impact of her colourful dreamlike images. Zena has most recently completed a two year project to illustrate Charles Kinglsey’s 1863 novel The Water Babies. Surely confirming her as one of the world’s most patient photographers for her ability to work with both animals and children underwater.”
–125 magazine 2008
A film about Zena and her work
Self taught photographer Zena Holloway's dramatic, fairytale images are only made possible by her muse, the water. Starting out as a commercial diver, Zena has since carved out a hugely successful underwater photographic career, and here she discusses the unique aspects of her work driven by a deep understanding of the medium.
A film about the project SeaWoman
They are part of a tradition that has been passed down from mother to daughter for a 1000 years. They are the Korean mermaids, or the haenyeo, of Jeju Island who venture into frigid depths of up to 20 meters without any breathing equipment, braving the dangers of the ocean, as they scour the seabed for abalone, octopus, and other seafood.
Artworks by Zena is coming up later i december 2017.
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