This man is devoted to underwater, over water, cliff jumping, free diving and capturing beautiful footage of Gozo.
If like us, you have a healthy addiction to the ocean, it will only take you one glance at Danny Barton’s Instagram feed to have you totally hooked. Usually, the islands’ waters have to be seen to be believed but add filmmaker, photographer and stunt man to the mix, you can almost feel, taste and smell it first hand. He manages to capture something incredibly unique as he shares his love for the spectacular scenery and all that the Gozitan coastline has to offer.
Whilst the current pandemic is throwing challenges at all of us in contrasting ways, Danny has been smashing it in the productivity stakes by taking advantage of the exceptionally deserted swimming spots and amplified tranquillity on the island and generously sharing it for all to see. It’s a smorgasbord of stunning slow mo’s, death-defying jumps, azure waters and diving adventures which makes for a scrapbook beyond all scrapbooks. It seriously does not get more glorious than this.
Since graduating Dan has worked for the BBC, ITV, S4C, Future publishing & France 5 both behind and in front of the camera and settled in Gozo last February. His studio is based in Gharb and is a one-stop-shop for media production. “Whether it’s an internet advertisement for your business filmed at the bottom of a blue lagoon, a 5K virtual reality tour of your restaurant or a simple photo shoot to show the world how your product is the next viral sensation then we’ve got you covered.“
Danny’s passion for media production and creating content is undeniable. He has been capturing local artists and providing a promotional platform throughout the pandemic through his Facebook page, This is Gozo and like GITH, he is keen to promote the locals as we look ahead towards the regeneration of the island and the need to support our own. Check out Gozo Sessions, an acoustic set featuring local musicians shot and edited in Danny’s typically evocative style. You can feel the breeze in your hair and smell the saltwater from your screen when watching – it’s as close to live music as we can get at this moment in time.
Whilst the pandemic hasn’t particularly impacted upon Danny’s media work in film and photography, he is certainly using his skills for the greater good. We’re not sure how he finds the time, but when he’s not working on projects for his company, Optic Motion Studios, you can also find him lending a hand at the St Andrew’s Divers Cove in Xlendi.
We suggest you go check out Danny’s work asap. But be warned: when you delve into his watery world of artwork, you might not resurface for a good few hours.