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Under the Sea

Chris Leidy, photographer, takes on the art world

“Life is better underwater,” Chris Leidy says. But things are looking pretty good for him on dry land, too. The grandson of recently departed fashion icon Lilly Pulitzer, Leidy is making his own mark on the world—not through clothing but through art.

The self-taught photographer, who owns a gallery in his native Palm Beach (219 Royal Poinciana Way ) specializes in images of the aquatic realm. “When I’m underwater, I tend to get lost in my own world,” he says. That much is clear from his photographs, most recently those shot in exotic locales that include Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. Still, no waters stir Leidy’s creativity as much as the ones in Florida.

“Just take a look around. My home is sitting on the ocean and its peaceful white beaches,” Leidy says. “There’s no place better than Palm Beach for an underwater photographer to get inspired.”