Underwater photographer captures ‘once in lifetime’ images

first_imgLatest Stories She was at a family reunion in the Grand Cayman Islands and came upon a baptism ceremony while scuba diving.“I’m a pilot and, when I came back home to Alabama, I was flying over the Black Warrior River and, from the air, I saw a baptism in the river. I was fascinated by it.”The next week, she had lunch with a church deacon in Green County. He invited her to photograph a baptism and other reverends soon followed suit.That was 14 years ago, and photographing baptisms has become a passion for Davis. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Email the author When the “Celebrating Contemporary Art in Alabama: The Nature of Being Southern,” exhibition officially opens at the Johnson Center for the Arts in Troy on Aug. 11, each of those who walk through the door will be immediately drawn to a certain art piece, said Wiley White, Center development director.That piece might be a cornucopia of tires, a whimsical piece of furniture, a detailed portrait or a functional piece of pottery.“Visitors will first view the pieces that visually appeal to them and those that have stories that interest them,” White said. “And, after they make the rounds, they will come back and focus on the artwork that appeals to them in a personal way. And, the black-and-white, underwater baptismal photography of Caroline Davis of Birmingham will certainly have wide appeal because baptisms are personal to so many of us. Baptism are emotional so we will be emotionally connected to her work.” Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Underwater photographer captures ‘once in lifetime’ images Skip Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Published 8:11 pm Friday, August 7, 2009 By Jaine Treadwell By The Penny Hoarder Davis said people do connect with her work in a personal way and often share their own visual memories of their baptisms.“My photographs are not religion driven but I’ve seen people cry from my work,” she said. “That’s the ultimate drive for me to keep doing my work to search deeper for those images that come once in a lifetime.”Davis’ background in underwater photography is shooting tourist destinations in color. She worked for years as an underwater photographer for commercial accounts and advertising agencies before taking her first baptism shot. “Every time, I shoot a baptism, because of the privilege I am granted, I embrace every second I have to respect and capture the moment,” she said.“Doing underwater photography takes me to a place about as deep as you can go within yourself. I’m searching to find out what’s not visible to other people. Beneath the surface, with songs and prayers reverberating all around me, I go into a deep meditative state in the immediacy of that second revealed to me. I try to combine the body under the water, the reflection and line of the water and the line of the surrounding congregation above. This all comes together in a single moment. The photograph, I hope, will make that moment eternal.”Davis said there are fewer and fewer outdoor river baptisms and the centuries-old tradition could soon vanish. She finds more river baptisms are being performed in the Black Belt of Alabama than anywhere else. However, she is traveling to other states to photograph as many river baptisms as she can and as fast as she can.“So this has placed me in a different role than that of a fine art photographer,” Davis said. “I have become, by the forces of nature and society, to be a historian, too. My work has become much bigger than I what I first thought.” Book Nook to reopen Sponsored Content Print Article You Might Like Tax-free holiday starts today Spending money is probably something many Pike County residents are trying to avoid. But, this won’t be the weekend to… read more The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img

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