How did you get started in underwater photography?
I started underwater photography at the age of 16 with a Nikonos V.
What came first – diving or photography?
Today, as a marine biologist and professional diver, my career in marine research centres and public aquariums allows me to practice my passion for biology and underwater photography.
What’s in your underwater photography kit bag?
I’m using a Canon 80D in Ikelite housing with two Inon Z-240 flashes. For wide-angle images, I use a 10-17mm Tokina. I have a preference for underwater macro for which I use a 60mm lens.
Favourite location for diving and underwater photography?
I had the opportunity to dive in different parts of the world (the Red Sea, Indian Ocean and the Caribbean) but I keep a preference for dives on the French coast which are very diverse. Living in Brittany, I am particularly amazed by the diversity of shapes and colours that can be found in these often busy waters.
Who are your diving inspirations?
It’s a difficult question. I think my passion for the underwater world was born when I spent my afternoons watching Captain Cousteau’s missions on TV when I was a child. Today I would say underwater photographers Laurent Ballesta and Alex Mustard.
Which underwater locations or species are still on your photography wish list and why?
Nudibranchs and the colourful underwater reef of Brittany.
What advice do you wish you’d had as a novice underwater photographer?
I think that to progress in underwater photography, the most important thing is to practice.
What is your most memorable dive and why?
I think it was during a dive trip from Egypt to Marsa Alam, where I had the chance to meet a whale shark and a dugong on the same dive. I remained totally frozen in front of this show.
I discovered scuba diving at the age of eight and my fascination for the underwater world quickly brought me to underwater photography. From the age of 14, I made my first photos which allowed me to bring to the surface memories of my dive meetings to share with my loved ones. Subsequently, underwater photography became an indispensable tool for me to make people aware of the beauty and fragility of the underwater world.
My passion for marine biodiversity led me to carry out studies in biology and ecology of marine organisms. Today, I’m a marine biologist, naturalist photographer and professional diver. My career in marine research centres and public aquariums allows me to practice my passion for biology and underwater photography.
Living in Brittany, I am particularly amazed by the diversity of shapes and colours that we can find in these often troubled waters.
See more of David’s work at www.david-borg-photographies-sous-marines.com