Ted Roe Launches Kickstarter to Host His Crowdfunding Campaign, THE LEAF GAME

Ted Roe Launches Kickstarter to Host His Crowdfunding Campaign, THE LEAF GAME

Imagine swimming in the warm waters of Hawaii. You take a deep inhale and dive down. You swim down like a dolphin. You pass 30 feet, then 60 feet, then 90 feet and then slowly flatten out like a skydiver as you approach the bottom of the ocean. You gently turn and stand up on the bottom of the sea, at 120ft. You look up and see the sun as a tiny bright dot against the surface of the ocean. Looking at your dive watch, you know this breath will give you another 2 minutes before you must return to the surface because you have a 6 minute static breath-hold. You are holding your breath, one breath. You lift your camera

For six years freediving teacher Ted Roe has been conducting a photographic study documenting nature and the underwater world on the Big Island, Hawaii. He is one of a few people able to swim freely with wild dolphin pods at 60 feet without SCUBA tanks. Roe has documented images of their resting behaviors, hunting behaviors, play behaviors and many engaging interspecies communications. The striking images in Roe's portfolio go further to document eye-to-eye contact, invitations and other interactions with wild dolphins.

Roe decided to self-publish a book including stories of these encounters to accompany these breathtaking photographs. He chose to host his crowdfunding campaign, The Leaf Game. Pledging begins at $1. Rewards begin at $5. For more information go to the project here:

Roe's collection also includes beautiful photographs of turtles, fish, geckos, other wildlife, landscapes, flowers, sunsets, and some images of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Complex Photography

Freediving photography is complex. The ocean is constantly moving and changing. There is no way to plan or stage images that involve wild, fast-moving creatures. Roe consciously monitors remaining breath, dive duration, pressure equalization, the camera, sea conditions, all aspects of personal safety, and the shot itself. These photographs are the result of six years of diving quietly and deeply, every day, swimming naturally and unobtrusively for hours alone in the sea.

A Reverent Approach

Roe works with wildlife in a unique and respectful way. He uses almost no equipment; a small Canon G10 camera with an underwater housing and natural light. All underwater images are taken freediving with one breath. He does not pursue, disturb, confuse or upset wildlife. He does not use large cameras, flash, or underwater strobe lights. He does not use SCUBA equipment.

Roe teaches freediving as a form of yoga that enhances awareness and allows a swimmer to integrate fully with the environment. Roe uses body language he has learned from his wild subjects to encourage communication and dynamic interactions. This approach is reflected in his pictures showing a connection between photographer, subject and the surrounding environment.

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