Testify by images is a way of participating in its preservation and protection.
The grey whale is one is one of the animal kingdom’s great migrator. Traveling in groups called pods, some of these giants swim from their summer home in Alaskan waters to the warmer waters off the Mexican coast. This day a mom and her calf decided to swim very close to our boat. The mom lifted her baby as if she wanted us to present him. A woman put a hand gently on this calf for a hug. (Fabrice Guerin)
Sardine run made in south africa: the show must go on! (Fabrice Guerin)
Since my young age, I have been passionate about wildlife documentaries. This world is fascinating because Nature is prioritised over all. An animal doesn’t lie and they are authentic. That is what I like. I began photography in the forest near my home in France with a reflex and a telephoto lens. I explored new places, I tried new approaches as the macrophotography. After a few years, for the first time, I had had the opportunity to scuba dive: I discovered a new dimension, a new world.
The scientific mission named "Maubydick" continues in the indian ocean. We identified sperm whales. At this time the mission has created a catalog containing about fifty illustrated index cards. (Fabrice Guerin)
Nature provides us of beautiful surprises. To meet the giant of the oceans is an unforgettable moment. During a scientific mission, a free diver swims towards sperm whale sleeping. Sperm whale sleeps in vertically position but not fully. They have the ability to be half asleep. The scientist swam several times among them without disturbing them. He swam from an sperm whale to an other like a guest to say hello. Amazing moment!
With the wildlife photography, I learnt to be patient, to watch animals and to understand their behaviours. The most important is the ability to come across animals, because the animal decides, not you. I make researches to know the good places to find a species in particular. But sometimes, we see nothing for days and days: Nature is like that, wild and unpredictable. I photograph by instinct and I trust my lucky chance: being at the good place at the best time.
The photo should tell a story, arouse feelings and questions: that’s what I’m looking for! This is exactly what I experienced on this January day in Norway under a cloudy and rainy day. Our group had just slipped into the water over a huge school of herrings located in a sandy and shallow area. Orcas typically will push herring toward the shallows in order to hunt them more efficiently. Luck prevailed because of that sandy patch; light was bouncing up its surface and contributed much needed light to the scene. For twenty minutes, I hovered over the school of herrings, hoping to photograph an orca, when suddenly, the school parted and in its mist was a humpback whale in full hunting mode. What a surprise and what an encounter! Photographing this humpback whale in action in theses cold Norwegian water will remain one of my best souvenirs.
Unforgettable atmosphere in the heart of Maya forest! (Fabrice Guerin)
On earth or in oceans, the Nature gives us a great moments and surprises. I have the privilege to observe it since many years and each time I’m amazed by this biodiversity, essential for all life on Earth. Unfortunately, I am also a witness of the degradation of our environment: climate change, overfishing, pollution, poaching... So much damage as we impose on the Nature. Nevertheless, no species, however powerful it is, could not take place of the existence of other one. Now, there are many Emergencies. Human being is the only responsible of the health of our planet. However, it’s never too late. We have to do everything possible to improve this situation. I choose to sensitive people sharing my experience with my images in conferences, exhibitions, schools… I work in scientific expeditions too. With team, we identify specific species like sperm whale, whale shark, polar bear, gorilla…
There are a lot of solutions but never easy to establish them especially as the effects are not immediate. From now everyone participates in its own way in the conservation of this biodiversity.
My Nature - Fabrice Guerin Expedition for Conservation.