Steven Kovacs lives just off the shore of Palm Beach. He is a self-taught photographer who combined his passion for diving with his photography skills to bring us unique portraits of just-hatched fish. In their larvae state, these fish are not strong enough yet to swim against the current, leaving them in a state of billowing and floating around the pitch-black depths found close to the bottom of the ocean.
Kovacs has been photographing fish in Florida, Hawaii, and the Philippines. His portraits bring about an interesting contrast between the flatness of the static background and the dynamic, vivid colors of his subjects. While these larval fish are not yet strong enough to swim and navigate the waters, their anatomy makes them natural dancers.
You can enjoy more of his works on his official Instagram account.
Female blanket octopus in Palm Beach, Florida
Male Paper Nautiluses, Argonauta species
Brotulotaenia species of Cusk Eel
Larval Wonderpus in Anilao, Philippines
Larval Pancake Batfish in Palm Beach, Florida
A young Ribbonfish off Palm Beach, Florida
Flying fish off Palm Beach, Florida
Larval fish off Florida
Discoverichthys praecox off Kona, Hawaii
Larval flounder off Kona, Hawaii
“Fu Manch” Flyingfish off Kona, Hawaii