The Underwater Project – the book’s out // 10 April 2012

Mark Tipple’s name is no stranger to these pages. The Sydney-based photographer has mastered – if that term can be so brazenly applied to art – underwater pictures, and his beautiful images have deservedly graced far wider-reaching publications than these.

Savvy to the end, the young Adelaide-born snapper is now selling collections of his Underwater Project prints, each painstakingly printed, hand-bound and signed by Mark, the ‘run’ limited to just 250.

Where Blurb.com and professional publishers could have made life easier, Mark took two weeks to experiment with scores of different binding techniques – and another few weeks testing paper types and a way to make each page of the Collectors’ Edition handmade book potentially frameable.

Designed to be loved and torn apart for framing – or left as a coffee-table trophy – the $315 compendium features an extract from a feature I that wrote about Mark’s work last year.

Customers and fans of his often-eerie, commonly extraordinary and always beguiling shots include surfers in California, energetically supportive Brazilians and Bronte Beach dedicates, the foaming clear waters of which are home to many of his experimental images – and the swimmers who fill his lenses.

Visit theunderwaterproject.com to order a copy.

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