Whilst the word Circus makes us think of clowns and elephants, the other side of that world is the death defying high-wire acts of the Aerial Performers.

These amazing underwater images of performers were created by Los Angeles photographer Brett Stanley as part of a groundbreaking series of photographs showcasing various sports under the water. Brett’s previous shots of Pole Dancers underwater received international attention, after going viral last year.

Brett worked with a variety of performers to create the underwater photos, using their expertise to overcome the technical challenges of a sport that relies heavily on gravity whilst coaching them on how to stay under the surface for as long as possible.

The team has been working on this series for over 2 years now, honing their skills, to bring us these incredible photographs! Check out the behind the scenes video on the website below.

More info: underwater-photographer.com

Underwater Hoop/Lyra – Pipi-Ayesha Evans

Underwater Chains – Tanya Drewery

Underwater Chain Web – Pipi-Ayesha Evans, Evelyn Coulson, Andrea Knox, Mary Weir

Underwater Chains – Tanya Drewery

Underwater Aerial Lyra/Hoop – Madison Turner

Underwater Aerial Silk/Tissu – Abigail Rose

Underwater Doubles Hoop – Sara Kidson & Madison Turner

Underwater Silks – Sara & Douglas

Underwater Trapeze – Marion Rose & Pipi-ayesha Evans