Canadian photographer Lucas Murnaghan, 41, has taken Instagram by storm with his incredible underwater photography.
Murnaghan, who lives with his partner of ten years in Toronto, tells GSN that he works full-time as a surgeon in a hospital and only does photography as a hobby.
“I started photography to explore a different side of myself and discovered an aesthetic eye and artistic voice that I never knew existed,” he says. “Through my photography, I explore feelings, emotions and memories that we all feel from our childhood that are either unprocessed or suppressed and try to emote them through my subjects in an unexpected yet familiar setting.”
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Murnaghan says he has been shooting surf photography for several years but began to experiment with underwater photography in December 2016.
“My underwater work poses physical, emotional and conceptual challenges both in the creation and the interpretation. I have personally always found solace in the water, and I try to share that emotion with my audience through the images that I create.”
“I’ve always had an affinity for water, so I’m in my happy place when shooting in it.”
Murnaghan began his underwater series by shooting members of Ontario’s LGBT Triggerfish water polo team.
“I started working with Triggerfish, as well as our University swim team. This lead to exploring more editorial and creative shots which has evolved into my current style,” he tells GSN.
“Early models or subjects were friends or friends of friends, but now projects come from further afield including brands, publications, agencies and other organizations. Instagram has been my main platform to date and is where many of my models and collaborators have come from?
“I don’t use additional SCUBA equipment, I feel it’s important for me and the model/subject to have the same experience underwater, and it facilitates portability and versatility.”