1How did you get started in underwater photography?
2What came first – diving or photography?
3What’s in your underwater photography kitbag?
4Favourite location for diving and underwater photography?
5Most challenging dive?
It was in the heart of The Maya Forest in this cenote named Angelita, which is a natural pit. The challenge was to show this particular atmosphere where the light goes from green to blue, creating a beautifully surreal scene. At about 30m deep, there is a layer of hydrogen sulphide which separates the fresh water from deeper salt water. This atmosphere is similar to a lunar landscape. It’s an amazing and unique experience in the life of an underwater photographer. The mysticism and beauty of this underwater landscape makes me feel like I discovered another world.
6Who are your diving inspirations?
7Which underwater locations or species are still on your photography wish list and why?
8What advice do you wish you’d had as a novice underwater photographer?
9Hairiest moment when shooting underwater?
10What is your most memorable dive and why?
This image was taken in the Norwegian sea. On this day the weather was cloudy and it was raining. Orcas push fish towards the coast as this makes them easier to catch. Our boat captain stopped near a school of herring. When I was in the water, I saw that it wasn’t deep, so it presented an opportunity to photograph with the light being reflected off the sand. I waited for 20 minutes in front of a shoal of herring hoping to see an orca. Suddenly a humpback whale appeared. I was very surprised! It was an amazing cold encounter, and the first time I have photographed a whale under the cold freezing water.
Fabrice Guerin is a wildlife photographer with a decade of experience in the field from the most remote corners of the world. Several of his images have won categories in outstanding international awards such as the Underwater Photographer of the Year (twice) and Nature’s Best Photography Smithsonian (twice). In addition, he has collaborated with National Geographic on two books and National Geographic fine Art Galleries.
To see more of Fabrice’s work, visit: www.mynature.fr