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Jason Isley: Underwater Miniatures

Jason Isley is co-founder of Malaysian-based, independent production company Scubazoo. Jason has filmed and photographed extensively all over the world including overseeing the underwater logistics and filming for the two UK Survivor series and the Disney IMAX production Sacred Planet. He also filmed on programs like Journeys of a Lifetime, Animal Planet’s The Jeff Corwin Experience, Nick Baker’s Weird Creatures and Perfect Predators for Discovery Channel’s shark week.

More recently, he has chosen to focus on his passion for underwater photography full-time, and has been featured in Scubazoo’s coffee table books Sipadan-Mabul-Kapalai, Sabah’s Underwater Treasure, reef and Maldives-The Underwater Kingdom. Jason’s photographs and articles have been published in magazines and books around the world and his images have won several international awards.

In a new departure, Jason has been creating macro images using toy figures “interacting” with underwater scenery and marine life. In his own words:

I was completely bored with macro photography, most people are, which is why snoots and diopters are used; to spice up the macro. I was looking for something completely different, something that would create a response. I came across the work of Christopher Boffoli and Slinkachu who had both used miniatures in still-life sets and suddenly thought; what if you actually shot them with living creatures?

Check out our interview with Jason for more information about the images and the inspiration behind the project.