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Photographer Karen Glaser never studied underwater photography techniques. When she came into possession of an underwater camera in 1983, she just started shooting. She says...

I didn't learn how to photograph under water. If I did, I would have used a flash. I would have tried to avoid the matter in the water. But for me, that stuff is the lifeblood of the image. I was trained in a fine art program.

I just picked up my camera and started photographing like I do above water.

Most of her work now features the underwater flora and fauna of Florida's swamps, where she spends her time wading, sometimes neck deep, and shooting — literally — from the hip...

Big Cypress Pollen, 2007.

Edge of Orange Grove Sink, 2006.

Gar at Manatee Springs State Park, 2006.

Pollen Skin, 2009.

Dust Storm in Catfish Sink, 2006.

Bowfin at Surface, 2006.

Hidden Gator, 2007.

Spawning 1, 2006.

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