Behind the scenes: Jorg Badura goes underwater for Self mag

It’s challenging to shoot a how-to story artfully, especially when there’s just one prop and one simple set. But Jorg’s photos documenting an underwater workout—published in the August issue of Self—are both informative and totally appealing in a sun-blasted, aquamarine, cool-dip-on-a-hot-day way.

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Photo by Jorg Badura for Self magazine.

Photo by Jorg Badura for Self magazine.

Photo by Jorg Badura for Self magazine.

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The underwater setting—a beautiful private swimming pool in Miami—marked a first for Karina, the young model, who had also never used a breathing regulator before.

“Holding your breath sounds easy,” says Jorg, “but doing it after you let all your air out so that you can sink to the bottom of the pool—that is quite difficult. I admire how quickly Karina took to it.”

Here are some behind-the-scenes photos of the shoot:

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Production photos courtesy Jorg Badura's studio.

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Good prep and “a buttoned-up crew” also helped make the shoot a breeze, says Jorg, who adds that he loves shooting under water. “Being under water adds that extra edge, since we do not belong there but also cannot live without it,” he says. “But the more time you spend in it, the more you become a part of it.”

To see the full gallery of images from Jorg’s Self shoot, click here. And for more production stills, go here.

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