Such a neat idea from Arthur London. So neat in fact it even comes with its own legend…. Silent Pool Distillers are set on an ancient site in the Surrey Hills with a clear, natural spring that bubbles from the ground, always maintaining a steady temperature of 10c throughout the year. Legend has it that Silent Pool is haunted by Emma, a woodcutter’s daughter, who is said to have been bathing in the clear water when she was disturbed by a lecherous horseman! As she swam out to escape his advances her cries were heard by her brother, working nearby. The horseman fled as Emma’s brother dived in to save her but the siblings drowned in the cold, deep water. The next day the woodcutter found the lifeless bodies of his children in the Silent Pool and the horseman’s hat, bearing the crest of Prince John, who later went on to be King John I (the very same unsavoury king from the Robin Hood legends).⠀Loved visiting this place and combining all the different elements in the retouch.
Zena Holloway (1973), the daughter of an airline pilot, fell in love with the water first, photography second. Born in Bahrain and raised between London and pretty much everywhere else in the world, she went on her first dive in England as a teenager. After school, she travelled to Egypt for a holiday but stayed on alone to qualify as an instructor at a local diving centre. It was here that she first took a camera underwater, fascinated by marine life on the coral reefs. Zena then realised that she wanted to spend the majority of her waking hours beneath the surface and by the ocean.
A few years later, Zena saw a film crew carrying a model dressed as a mermaid into the sea to shoot a commercial. With that, her path was set. Using the same unsophisticated underwater camera her mother got her at the age of 18, she decided to chart her own course in an ultra-niche profession. Nobody showed her the ropes; she taught herself. Zena shoots fine art, editorial, celebrities, sport, fashion and lifestyle imagery. Her work deviates from the stereotypical directness associated with underwater photography, as she strives to push the boundaries of her imagination and the limits of creativity. The result is truly magical imagery that has resulted in worldwide acclaim.