John Highsmith

I grew up in Asheville, did a residency in Baltimore for a year and realized that I wanted to live in the mountains of Western North Carolina. 

I’ve been taking photos for almost 50 years and scuba diving for over 25 years. I put them together in 2007 taking underwater photos in the ocean and discovered underwater model photography about 5 years ago. I love the ethereal nature of a weightless environment, where a model can achieve poses, they cannot do on land. Combined with the controlled lighting environment and surface reflections, I can create images unlike any other above the water.