This Photographer Tied A Model Up In Shark-Infested Waters And It Was More Beautiful Than Scary

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This picture taken by photographer Benjamin Von Wong features a woman tied down next to live sharks. Von Wong took the photos because he wanted to raise awareness about shark sanctuaries and the beauty of these misunderstood creatures.

h/t: buzzfeed

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Von Wong told BuzzFeed he realized he wanted to work on a shark conservation project when he was in Fiji for a photography workshop. “Once I got thinking about a strong message I wanted to convey, a ‘shark shepherd’ was something that really resonated to me.” he said.

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Von Wong said on his website and blog that his experience with the animals was “the complete opposite” of the bloodthirsty image of sharks in popular media.

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In addition, the model couldn’t just be any model. The woman had to be comfortable underwater, be comfortable around sharks, and be able to hold her breath for a long period of time.

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