13 Nov Ocean Artisan Series — Joanna Lentini
Welcome to the third episode of our Ocean Artisan Series where we highlight artists inspiring others with their ocean artwork. At the end of each month we will raffle off one of our Ocean Artisan’s donated pieces to help support OWO Initiatives!
This month’s Ocean Artisan is Joanna Lentini.
You can either have a listen to the interview or read through the transcript below!
Bryan Mineo: Hello, ocean lover friends, this is Brian from One With The Ocean. I’m excited to share with you guys our Ocean Artisan Series. This month’s Ocean Artisan is Joanna Lentini. She is an award winning photographer and writer based in the Hudson Valley Region of New York, and she was recently awarded as the grand prize winner in the National Audubon Society’s Photography Awards for an image of a double-crested cormorant hunting for prey underwater.
And it is remarkable.
Joanna began documenting life below the waves nearly a decade ago and has worked on projects for a variety of conservation organizations, publications and brands across Southeast Asia, Europe and North America. Joanna has become good friends of ours here at One With the Ocean and I’m excited to dive into this conversation with her and talk about what connects her to the water. So, Joanna, welcome to Ocean Artisan’s…
Joanna Lentini: Thank you so much for having me and for highlighting my work. I really appreciate it.
Bryan Mineo: Absolutely! So my first question here, and I always like to start here, is what came first for you, your love of photography or the ocean?
Joanna Lentini: So it’s really tough to say, you know, as a child growing up in New Jersey, I loved going to the shore, but there was definitely something about the unknown that intimidated me back then. But I was obsessed with the natural world from a young age, and I messed around with photography as well. But, you know, I didn’t take it seriously until about a decade ago when I got certified to scuba dive.
I had probably watched more ocean documentaries prior to that than I care to admit. But those underwater scenes really compelled me to not only dive, but to do so with the intent of documenting what I encountered and sharing that with others. I had a small point and shoot camera with me for my very first dive, and I haven’t really been diving without some sort of camera ever since. So I suppose the ocean came first, well, really nature in general.