You might say that Photographer of the Week, Damien Mauric, descends from a sort of ocean adventure nobility. Born in the South of France, Damien’s grandfather was a naval architect who worked with Jacques-Yves Cousteau to design his boat, the Alcyone. His godfather was a diver and underwater geologist. Besides the obvious familial influences, Damien was surrounded by the Mediterranean spirit, and spent his formative years snorkeling and exploring the clear waters in his backyard. As the ocean seemed engrained in his genetics, it is no wonder that Damien’s interests early in life would portend towards his adult quests of documenting his childhood playground.
In his career as an underwater shooter, Damien has ventured out of his beloved Mediterranean waters, capturing large schools of fish in Mexico, Egypt, and Indonesia, dolphins in Mozambique and penguins in South Africa. Tending towards a wide-angle lens, Damien seems to carry the rich, blue hues that he so loves about the Mediterranean into his images from far-reaching corners of the globe, giving his work a beautiful style unique to his experience.
Schooling fish off of Cabo Pulmo, Mexico
A split shot of Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Batfish and soft corals in Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Diving penguins off of South Africa
Schooling batfish in Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Hunting sharks off of South Africa
Staring down the mouth of a grouper in South Africa
To see more of Damien's work, visit his website, www.damienmauric.wix.com/protect-the-oceans.
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