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about Zena Holloway

“The idea was to show the figure floating serenely in an alien world of weightless calm.
She is in a place where sight and hearing are lost,
where the senses slow and the body does not breathe…
She is without fear and filled with peace”

When Zena was 18, she travelled the world working as a scuba instructor and developed a passion for underwater photography and film. Completely self-taught, Holloway creates images that are striking, instinctive and driven by a deep understanding of her medium. She combines the highly technical aspects of underwater photography with superb creative direction that results in extraordinary imagery.

....Tom saw eels, trout and beetles racing downriver. He heard them cry, "to the sea, to the sea!" From the story of The Waterbabies Childrens book. A waterbaby goes on an extraordinary underwater adventure

….Tom saw eels, trout and beetles racing downriver. He heard them cry, “to the sea, to the sea!” From the story of The Waterbabies Childrens book. A waterbaby goes on an extraordinary underwater adventure

Born in Bahrain and raised between London and pretty much everywhere else in the world, she made her first dive in England as a teenager. After school, she went on holiday to Egypt but stayed on alone to qualify as an instructor at a local diving centre. It was here that she first took a camera underwater, fascinated by marine life on the coral reefs. Zena then realised that she wanted to spend the majority of her waking hours beneath the surface and by the ocean.

A few years later, Zena saw a film crew carrying a model dressed as a mermaid into the sea to shoot a commercial. With that, her path was set. Using the same unsophisticated underwater camera her mother gave her at the age of 18, she decided to chart her own course in an ultra-niche profession. Nobody showed her the ropes; she taught herself.

"But there are no such things as water babies." How do you know that? Have you been there to see? Image inspired from the classic Victorian fairy tale of the Waterbabies. A water baby goes on an extraordinary underwater adventure

“But there are no such things as water babies.” How do you know that? Have you been there to see? Image inspired from the classic Victorian fairy tale of the Waterbabies. A water baby goes on an extraordinary underwater adventure

She is known for her hard-working, can-do attitude and lives on the outskirts of London with her husband and three young children in a converted Ministry of Defence underground torpedo-testing centre. When she’s not underwater taking pictures, she can often be found cycling with the kids to school through Bushy Park or outside feeding their Chalk Hill Blue hens in the garden.

Zena has exhibited worldwide and her recent solo show in Seoul, Korea is due to tour four other major cities during 2016.

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www.zenaholloway.com

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