Saturday, 17 June 2017

In The Past I Really Enjoyed SCUBA Diving,

and taking underwater pictures, 

 so I was fascinated to see these photographs by marine biologist Alexander Semenov who is the head of the diving at Moscow State University’s White Sea Biological Station where he brings nearly a decade of underwater photography experience to a wide variety of research and exploration projects, 

 He focuses mostly on invertebrate animals found in the Arctic ocean, 

 translucent creatures from jellyfish to worms found deep underwater, most of which have never been documented with such detail and clarity, 

 Semenov shares his views about his work in an artist statement:

'My key specialism is scientific macrophotography in natural environments. This practice makes it possible to observe animals that cannot be properly studied under laboratory conditions, such as soft bodied planktonic organisms or stationary life forms living on the seafloor. My personal goal is to study underwater life through camera lenses and to boost people’s interest in marine biology. I do this by sharing all my finding through social media and in real life through public lectures, movies, exhibitions and media events',

 seen above are a collection of images from the last year including his expeditions to the Southern Kuril Islands, the Southern Maldives, the White Sea, and the Mediterranean, but there’s hundreds of additional photos on Flickr, having seen these stunning images I just had to look through my attempts at underwater photography, and here some of them below,

 all of these pictures, were taken my myself,

  whilst diving,

 in the Philippines,

 back in the 1980s, I particularly liked taking pictures of these Tunicates,

 as unless you are a diver,

 you would never normally see them,

 looking at these makes me want to start SCUBA diving again, 

but all of my equipment including me is way too old! and yes I know that my pictures are not as good as Alexander Semenov's but he is a professional, I was just a pleasure diver with a camera, but it was such great fun!

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