Justin Lutsky is a published photographer, award winning filmmaker, and a seasoned dive instructor with a passion and expertise in creating underwater imagery. Driven by a deep sense of adventure and exploration, Justin endeavors to tell stories, create stunning ocean-inspired art, and capture the most gorgeous aquatic environments imaginable through film and photography.
Drawing from his combined experience in both film production and professional SCUBA diving, his work often features dramatic portraits of models and mythical creatures suspended in motion, weightless underwater. Creative images of underwater beauty that spark imagination and curiosity for the underwater world. His experience ranges from underwater portrait photography to open water documentaries, as well as narrative work including features, commercials, music videos, short films and behind-the-scenes imagery and safety diving for the film and entertainment industry. As a filmmaker, having directed numerous projects as well, he also has a strong understanding of both the creative aspects of storytelling and the technical logistics of film production, especially those involving significant underwater work.
Justin currently resides in Southern California and travels world-wide for creative projects. Most recently, he founded ‘Submerge’ with his partner and professional mermaid, Abbey Blake. Together, they provide film & photography services, commissioned art, travel adventures, talent coaching, dive & mermaid certifications, and many other unique experiences to water enthusiasts everywhere. From studio pool tanks to freshwater springs, oceans, water filled caves and even underneath frozen seas, with each new project they strive to bring a rewarding and memorable experience to every client they work with and strongly believe that a collaborative spirit is the most essential element to any successful creative endeavor.
MAJOR CERTIFICATIONS / AFFILIATIONS
PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructor
PADI Mermaid Instructor
PADI Public Safety Diver
PADI Rescue Diver
PADI Tec 50
PADI / NSS CDS / IANTD Cave Diver
Emergency First Response / Oxygen Provider
American Red Cross Life Guard
Society of Camera Operators (SOC)
Riverside County Sheriff's Department Dive Team
Familiar with most major cinema camera systems including:
Hydroflex, Gates, Nauticam, Arri, RED, and Sony