Finding personality under the sea

Story highlights

  • Grant Stirton photographed marine life in the Andaman Sea near Thailand
  • His black-and-white images mimic the "eerie" water he sees when he shoots at dusk

(CNN)A quick Internet search of the Similan Islands in Thailand will yield a beach lover's paradise -- azure blue waters, lush greenery and pink speckled coral reefs.

But for one photographer, color takes a back seat to something totally unexpected: personality.
"I decided I wanted (my photos) to be black and white before I shot them," photographer Grant Stirton said. "With black and white, I believe there's a stripped-down, elemental aspect to it."
    Stirton explained that the monochromatic photos mimic the "eerie" quality of the water when he shot his photos at dusk.
    "It gets kind of dark and scary, but it's cool because all the animals wake up," he said.
    Stirton quit his career as an investment banker in Toronto to become a dive guide in Thailand. But his job was merely a mechanism to explore his true passion: photography under the deep blue sea.