theunderwaterwoman

Christine Ren

🌊 I reconstruct ocean science support using narrative underwater photography. 🧜🏻‍♀️ ARTivist, dancer, freediver. 📸 @christinerenmodel 👇JOIN ME👇

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My passion for the ocean has carried me many places, some quite far away - like the Maldives...9,689.4 miles to be exact. . It was here that @chiaraphoto and I ran our first underwater portraiture masterclass and created these images to spread awareness about coral reef restoration initiatives. . Coral farming is the process whereby scientists take fragments of corals, raise them in nurseries until maturity, and then install them in frameworks such as this at a desired restoration site. . After decades of scientific studies, its been shown to be a viable method for restoring degraded reefs. If you’re looking for a way to support ocean conservation, funding coral reef restoration projects and/ or non-profits doing this work is an excellent way to make a difference. . . Photo: @chiaraphoto Concept & model: @theunderwaterwoman . . . #artivist #artivism #sciart #scienceart #saltlife #oceanminded #oceanworld #belowthesurface #divetosurvive #scubadivinggirls #scubadivingphotos #scubadivers #mermaidlife #mermaidsoul #mermaiding #mermaidians #scubadiverlife #oceanart #scubapro #underwaterphotography #uwphotography #underwaterphoto #uwphoto #oceanlover #freedomoftheseas #scubalife #scubalove #underwatermodel #uwmodel #sheexplores
My passion for the ocean has carried me many places, some quite far away - like the Maldives...9,689.4 miles to be exact. . It was here that @chiaraphoto and I ran our first underwater portraiture masterclass and created these images to spread awareness about coral reef restoration initiatives. . Coral farming is the process whereby scientists take fragments of corals, raise them in nurseries until maturity, and then install them in frameworks such as this at a desired restoration site. . After decades of scientific studies, its been shown to be a viable method for restoring degraded reefs. If you’re looking for a way to support ocean conservation, funding coral reef restoration projects and/ or non-profits doing this work is an excellent way to make a difference. . . Photo: @chiaraphoto Concept & model: @theunderwaterwoman . . . #artivist #artivism #sciart #scienceart #saltlife #oceanminded #oceanworld #belowthesurface #divetosurvive #scubadivinggirls #scubadivingphotos #scubadivers #mermaidlife #mermaidsoul #mermaiding #mermaidians #scubadiverlife #oceanart #scubapro #underwaterphotography #uwphotography #underwaterphoto #uwphoto #oceanlover #freedomoftheseas #scubalife #scubalove #underwatermodel #uwmodel #sheexplores
. Rags to riches. Or is it riches to rags? . Lately I’ve been questioning what we call the “American Dream.” It’s an idea that for centuries has driven people from all over the world to desire coming to America. . It’s the belief that you can be nobody, come from nowhere, with no resources, and if you work hard enough, you can ‘make it.’ . I see those who do reach the top, only to drive themselves straight back to the bottom, passing along the way the millions still clambering and reaching for that same position. . I see too, those that work 100x harder than others, but can never reach the top due to our preferential systems. . How would you engage in the world outside of a framework of rags and riches? . That’s what I’ve been curious about and why I put together this conceptual shoot recently. 📸 💵 . Photo: @fromtherooftops_photography Model: @christinerenmodel / @theunderwaterwoman . COMING UP: Book me in one of these cities ⬇️ . Jan 10-24th Los Angeles, CA Jan 25-28 Santa Barbara, CA Jan 28-30 San Luis Obispo (SLO), CA Jan 30-Feb 5 Santa Cruz / San Francisco . . . #modelforhire #modellife #lamodels #lamodel #dancelife #creativelife #bodyscapes #cosplay #nudemodels #nudemodeling #artnudemodel #artnude #artnudes #fineartphotography #fineartnude #fineartmodel #dancemodel #dancerbody #fineartphoto #fineartphotos
Who’s ready to play? Underwater that is. 📸 . I’m hosting a unique underwater play day event February 9th at this epic 9 foot salt water pool in Chino, CA. . THE DETAILS: . WHO: MODELS and PHOTOGRAPHERS alike with no prior experience are invited. . WHAT: An all-day event, 10am to 5pm, for both models & photographers. Underwater housings provided and models will come away new underwater portfolio shots. . WHERE: Chino, CA in a 9 foot saltwater pool with skrim on a .5 acre private estate. . WHEN: Saturday, Feb 9th, 2019. . WHY: To empower more creatives, models and photogs alike, to experiment with underwater imagery possibilities. . COST: $50/ per person. RVSP: Email me@theunderwaterwoman.com to sign-up. Or DM me! . I can’t wait to create with you! . . . #saltlife #oceanminded #oceanworld #belowthesurface #divetosurvive #scubadivinggirls #scubadivingphotos #scubadivers #mermaidlife #mermaidsoul #mermaiding #mermaidians #mermaidlove #mermaidstyle #scubadiverlife #oceanart #scubapro #underwaterphotography #uwphotography #underwaterphoto #uwphoto #oceanlover #freedomoftheseas #scubalife #scubalove #underwatermodel #uwmodel #sheexplores
WE DID IT!!! BTS on location in the Bahamas with @brettsphoto and @purerebelmodel shooting a new underwater ARTivism series courtesy of a #createsomegood grant from @redbubble. . We’re finalizing the images and video now which will drop on Valentine’s Day. Who’s excited?? . P.S. I really cannot believe we managed to pull this off. I was shaking freezing the minute I hit the water and on top of that, it was our only day weather-wise to go out on the boat. I’m so grateful to have had such a supportive team that was patient with me. . . . #saltlife #oceanminded #oceanworld #belowthesurface #divetosurvive #scubadivinggirls #scubadivingphotos #scubadivers #mermaidlife #mermaidsoul #mermaiding #mermaidians #mermaidlove #mermaidstyle #scubadiverlife #oceanart #scubapro #underwaterphotography #uwphotography #underwaterphoto #uwphoto #oceanlover #freedomoftheseas #scubalife #scubalove #underwatermodel #uwmodel #sheexplores
At the heart of every darkness is beauty beyond compare. ✨ . These are my first underwater shots using my new housing (!!). I have a ton to learn and still prefer to be in front of the camera vs. behind. :) . I captured these of model @lauradromerick during the underwater play day event I hosted in LA a few months back. . Another one is coming up in early Feb, so DM me if you want in! . . . #saltlife #oceanminded #belowthesurface #divetosurvive #scubadivinggirls #scubadivingphotos #scubadivers #mermaidlife #mermaidsoul #mermaiding #mermaidians #mermaidlove #scubadiverlife #oceanart #scubapro #underwaterphotography #uwphotography #underwaterphoto #uwphoto #oceanlover #freedomoftheseas #underwatermodel #uwmodel #sheexplores #learnphotography #caphotographer #laphotographer #laphotographers #laphotog
My truth is my own. My voice is to be heard. Because women belong in all places decisions are being made.🔮 . . Photo: Rob Porter Studios Model: @christinerenmodel . . . #modelforhire #modellife #lamodels #lamodel #dancelife #creativelife #bodyscapes #cosplay #nudemodels #nudemodeling #artnudemodel #artnude #artnudes #fineartphotography #fineartnude #fineartmodel #dancemodel #dancerbody #fineartphoto #fineartphotos
. ... I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.” ~ Wendell Barry . My new fine art modeling adventures on land and by sea over at @christinerenmodel. 🥂 . . Photo: @ coincidental_magick . . . #modelforhire #modellife #lamodels #lamodel #dancelife #creativelife #bodyscapes #cosplay #nudemodels #nudemodeling #artnudemodel #artnude #artnudes #fineartphotography #fineartnude #fineartmodel #dancemodel #dancerbody #fineartphoto #fineartphotos
2018 has been full of underwater adventures and ocean conservation storytelling. Here’s my creative year in a glance. 📸 . It’s been a tough year in that as I’ve been called 100% in on my art, it’s meant the falling away and upheaval of pretty much everything else - relationships, businesses, housing and more. . This year has felt like a complete system reset and reminds me of the line from Rumi’s famous poem ‘The Guesthouse’ about rejoicing in the troubles that violently sweep your home empty of its furniture as they may be clearing you out for some new delight. . I’m beyond excited to step into the blank pages of 2019 and continue writing this story. 💗🌊 . . . #saltlife #oceanminded #oceanworld #belowthesurface #divetosurvive #scubadivinggirls #scubadivingphotos #scubadivers #mermaidlife #mermaidsoul #mermaiding #mermaidians #mermaidlove #mermaidstyle #scubadiverlife #oceanart #scubapro #underwaterphotography #uwphotography #underwaterphoto #uwphoto #oceanlover #freedomoftheseas #scubalife #scubalove #underwatermodel #uwmodel #sheexplores #learnphotography #phototrip
JOIN OUR PHOTO MASTERCLASS in Tulum, Mexico Apr 25-30th, 2019 with underwater photographer @chiaraphoto. . Known for her signature lighting style and post-production aesthetics, now you can learn from the master herself in the infamous freshwater caves that are Mexico's cenotes. . With astonishing lighting and pristine visibility, the cenotes are the perfect setting to learn underwater portraiture: http://theunderwaterwoman.com/workshops/cenotes. (LINK IN MY BIO) . Photo by @chiaraphoto. Model: @ hannahmermaid 👑 . . #cenotes #cenotesmexico #tulumtravel #mexicotrip #mexicotravel #divetrip #divetravel #scubatravel #scubatrip #oceanminded #oceanworld #belowthesurface #divetosurvive #scubadivingphotos #scubadivers #scubadiverlife #oceanart #scubapro #underwaterphotography #uwphotography #underwaterphoto #uwphoto #oceanlover #freedomoftheseas #scubalife #scubalove #underwatermodel #uwmodel #learnphotography #phototrip
I’ve spent the last few years carrying around all manner of beliefs about what a model is and that I couldn’t be one. In 2019, I’m setting those beliefs down. . It’s time to expand our definitions of beauty beyond Playboy and the cover of Vogue. It’s also time for women to shine as the multi-dimensional beings they are. . I’ve admittedly been scared of facing the small-minded voices, online and off, that still attest a woman cannot be free with her body and have her educated opinions held in high regard. . After meeting inspiring, beautiful models challenging the status quo though, such as @purerebelmodel and @astrid.kallsen , I reluctantly joined ModelMayhem the other day. Exhausted from my day-job and still dejected about my businesses that failed last year, I uploaded my underwater portfolio with zero expectations. . I’m absolutely shocked to share that I now have very well-paying modeling gigs booked out in Philly and back in LA through to the end of the month. I’m not sure how I’ve been missing this path as a possibility, but apparently self-funding my own kickass portfolio for the past years is standing out. I’ve got a ton to learn about translating my dance background into posing experience - especially with gravity in play, haha. . I’m not sure where this will lead, but I plan on exploring, as full-time as I can, being a traveling model in 2019. The snaps from those adventures will primarily be up over at @christinerenmodel so please give me a follow and shout if you want to book. 📸🤞 . Thank you to everyone who’s supported me on this creative journey here. Have a very happy new year (almost)! . . Photo: @jlutsky Model: @theunderwaterwoman / @christinerenmodel wearing @moondance_society 🌙 . . . #saltlife #oceanminded #oceanworld #belowthesurface #divetosurvive #scubadivinggirls #scubadivingphotos #scubadivers #mermaidlife #mermaidsoul #mermaiding #mermaidians #mermaidlove #mermaidstyle #scubadiverlife #oceanart #scubapro #underwaterphotography #uwphotography #underwaterphoto #uwphoto #oceanlover #freedomoftheseas #scubalife #scubalove #underwatermodel #uwmodel #sheexplores #learnphotography #phototrip
For me, the holidays seem always full of joy and family - often times even more than I have the energy for. There are many that this is not always the case for however so I’m remembering today to share the wealth of love that occupies my life with as many around me as I can. Happy holidays to all! 🌌💗 . “May I be a guard for those who need protection A guide for those on the path A boat, a raft, a bridge for those who wish to cross the flood May I be a lamp in the darkness A resting place for the weary A healing medicine for all who are sick A vase of plenty, a tree of miracles And for the boundless multitudes of living beings May I bring sustenance and awakening Enduring like the earth and sky Until all beings are freed from sorrow And all are awakened.” . ~ Bodhisattva Prayer for Humanity . . . #saltlife #oceanminded #oceanworld #belowthesurface #divetosurvive #bluehope #freedivingart #shedives #sheexplores #mermaidlife #mermaidsoul #freediverlife #oceanart #freediving #underwaterphotography #uwphotography #underwaterphoto #uwphoto #oceanlover #freedomoftheseas #theoutbound #mytinyatlas #getoutstayout #uwmodel #underwatermodel #scubalife #scubalove
I abhor submitting myself to days so full I have barely a moment to breathe. Bring me days of solitude and spaciousness until I ache for the next impulse. Bring me vast watery depths and skies that are open and wide. 🌌 . Photo: @jlutsky. Model: @theunderwaterwoman wearing @moondance_society. 🌙 . . . #saltlife #oceanminded #oceanworld #belowthesurface #divetosurvive #scubadivinggirls #scubadivingphotos #scubadivers #mermaidlife #mermaidsoul #mermaiding #mermaidians #mermaidlove #mermaidstyle #scubadiverlife #oceanart #scubapro #underwaterphotography #uwphotography #underwaterphoto #uwphoto #oceanlover #freedomoftheseas #scubalife #scubalove #underwatermodel #uwmodel #sheexplores #learnphotography #phototrip
JOIN OUR PHOTO MASTERCLASS in Tulum, Mexico Apr 25-30th, 2019 with @chiaraphoto and @theunderwaterwoman. . Imagine building a portfolio of one-of-a-kind underwater portraits in the infamous freshwater caves that are Mexico's cenotes. . Known for their astonishing lighting and pristine visibility, the cenotes are the perfect setting to learn underwater portraiture: http://theunderwaterwoman.com/workshops/cenotes. (LINK IN MY BIO) . Photo by @chiaraphoto. Model: @nenedeean. . . #cenotes #cenotesmexico #tulumtravel #mexicotrip #mexicotravel #divetrip #divetravel #scubatravel #scubatrip #oceanminded #oceanworld #belowthesurface #divetosurvive #scubadivingphotos #scubadivers #scubadiverlife #oceanart #scubapro #underwaterphotography #uwphotography #underwaterphoto #uwphoto #oceanlover #freedomoftheseas #scubalife #scubalove #underwatermodel #uwmodel #learnphotography #phototrip
Sometimes a photo is just a photo. Sometimes it’s the start of something more. That’s what this shot by @element65 represents for me. . It was taken during an underwater movement workshop I led alongside dancer and freediver @projectlimb. Little did I know It would start me down a path of leading more philanthropic workshops. . Since this image, I’ve been organizing and performing at underwater photography workshops benefiting ocean conservation with @chiaraphoto. We’ve taught in the Maldives and have 4 new workshops planned for the new year. (LINK IN MY BIO)) . Further, I believe this could be the start of creating a platform for other photographers to run in-person experiential workshops benefiting causes they‘re passionate about. . Let’s be honest: Photos are never just photos.💗📸 . . . #saltlife #oceanminded #oceanworld #belowthesurface #divetosurvive #scubadivinggirls #scubadivingphotos #scubadivers #mermaidlife #mermaidsoul #mermaiding #mermaidians #mermaidlove #mermaidstyle #scubadiverlife #oceanart #scubapro #underwaterphotography #uwphotography #underwaterphoto #uwphoto #oceanlover #freedomoftheseas #scubalife #scubalove #underwatermodel #uwmodel #sheexplores #learnphotography #phototrip
Master the art of underwater photography, lighting and post-production with Chiara Salomoni Photography and I in the Cenotes of Tulum, Mexico Apr 25-30th, 2019. || FULL DETAILS at http://www.theunderwaterwoman.com/workshops/cenotes. (LINK IN MY BIO) . Photo by @chiaraphoto. Model: @nataliekparra. . . #cenotes #cenotesmexico #tulumtravel #mexicotrip #mexicotravel #divetrip #divetravel #scubatravel #scubatrip #oceanminded #oceanworld #belowthesurface #divetosurvive #scubadivingphotos #scubadivers #scubadiverlife #oceanart #scubapro #underwaterphotography #uwphotography #underwaterphoto #uwphoto #oceanlover #freedomoftheseas #scubalife #scubalove #underwatermodel #uwmodel #learnphotography #phototrip
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