Photographer Maria Stromvik Captures Daunting Submerged Portraits

Maria Stromvik is an amateur photographer who only started doing photography in 2009. Stromvik grew up near the sea in southern Sweden and water has been a reoccurring theme in many of her projects.

Her latest collection 'Under Water' is a series of black and white underwater photographs. The pictures in the series are all a little bit different. One of them features a snickering older woman with hundreds of bubbles filling the shot. Another shot is a crystal clear view of an almost angelic blond-haired woman.

Mario Stromvik's underwater portraits are unlike other underwater photographs in that the presence of water is not what leaves an impression; instead it's the daunting facial expressions and striking lighting.