Phototeam.Pro – Extreme Underwater Photography Projects


Phototeam.Pro – Extreme Underwater Photography Projects


Natalia Avseenko meditating by Viktor Lyagushkin

When journalists asked Marilyn Monroe in 1952, “What do you wear when you go to bed?” she answered “Five drops of Chanel No 5”. Natalia Avseenko is another beautiful woman who wears approximately the same outfit as Marilyn did, but only when she’s going to dive. Natalia has only replaced Chanel No 5 by a more convenient grease to protect her skin against cold injury in the extreme dive conditions. Avseenko is a scientist, yogi and a free-diver. She dives completely naked in waters with a temperature of –2oC.

She is participating to film and photo projects organized by Russian team Phototeam.Pro led by the Great photographer, Viktor Lyagushkin, Russian National Geographic Photographer, Nikon Official Photographer and Subal Team Photographer. Viktor is assisted by his dearest wife Bogdana Vashchenko also known as “Snow Kitty”, professional cave divers and scientists.

Viktor Lyagushkin preparing his diving equipment
Bogdana at work in the Orda Cave – by Viktor Lyagushkin
The Lady of the Orda Cave by Viktor Lyagushkin









All together, they are organizing fascinating and unique projects in the most extreme conditions.

Viktor has recently created an amazing 3D cave spherical panorama. The team has also published a splendid book including amazing pictures of the underwater Orda Cave.


Inside the Orda Cave by Viktor Lyagushkin

The documentary “On the Edge”, hereunder shows Natalia and Viktor at work. You can see how Natalia is listening so carefully to Viktor’s explanations and how she can get concentrated in the hardest conditions, always with a delicate smile on her face and a lot of humor. It also shows the failing experiences. The shots are not always good at the first time or Natalia’s body does not accept each time to be in such hard conditions. It’s a very emotional documentary that must be seen. The movie is in Russian with English captions.


In the following documentary (in English), we can see the team before and during the “Lady of the Orda Cave” shooting session.




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