by Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Tuesday 2 April 2013

Self-taught photographer Andy W Langton doesn’t do parachute photography when he travels — he professes he has to stay anywhere long enough to experience and soak up the people, places and atmos before he lets the photos roll. His photo series, The Last of the Mermaids, which had him following two haenyeo (‘diving women‘) from South Korea’s Jeju Island, is especially fascinating.

The haenyeo routinely dive at least 20 metres and stay underwater for an average of 2-3 minutes with no fancy diving equipment, just some old-school googles and a basket to put their underwater loot in. The kicker’s in their age: both are in their seventies.