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Photographer of the Week – Brian Raymond
By Joseph Tepper, July 26, 2018 @ 06:00 AM (EST)

A blue shark stands out against a stark black background
 

Brian Raymond’s first introduction to the sharks of New England came as a young boy in a fishing family. From an early age, the Rhode Island native was enthralled by the marine life brought in by his uncle’s trawler, but something was missing. Brian continued commercial fishing after high school until an unexpected injury turned his world upside down—along with his view of sharks. 

Brian used the time off from work to go out on a shark photography expedition with friend and pro underwater videographer Joe Romeiro. Picking up a camera and swimming with blue and mako sharks, he finally found the part of the ocean missing from his life. Brian fell in love with the lifestyle and started running shark photography expeditions until finally quitting fishing for good in 2012. 

It’s hard to beat Brian’s hands-on experience as a shark photographer. He’s worked alongside world-renowned wildlife videographers to produce content for Discovery’s “Shark Week” for the last four years. He’s lent his experience to researchers working on shark tagging projects in New England. And while transitioning from commercial fisherman to shark ecotourism, Brian used his photography to document the industry’s dark secrets. In short, Brian’s portfolio of shark imagery is a lifetime on the sea in the making—and it’s just in time for Shark Week 2018
 

Blue sharks are the most common species encountered off of the coast of Rhode Island
 

Brian probably has as much experience swimming with blue and mako sharks as anyone else
 

After a lifetime of commercial fishing, Brian began documenting the negative aspects of bycatch 
 

A pair of blue sharks come in for a close look at the photographer
 

Brian has since expanded his portfolio to include other shark species, such as this tiger shark in the Bahamas
 

Damage to this blue shark’s eye is a reminder of the impact of sport fishing on blue sharks in New England
 

A classic New England shark shot
 

Brian has a unique perspective on the fishing industry having worked both as a fisherman and as a shark ecotourism operator
 

A dolphin falls victim to bycatch
 

A beautiful close-up of a blue shark near the surface
 

Brian heads south from Rhode Island to photograph tiger sharks in the Bahamas
 

For more of Brian’s work and to inquire about taking your own awesome blue shark and mako shark images, make sure to visit the Pelagic Expeditions website, www.RhodeIslandSharkDiving.com.

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Nathan Luise
Jul 27, 2018 4:21 AM
Nathan Luise wrote:
Incredible work, I can only imagine how hard it was
Paul Hume
Aug 9, 2018 1:38 AM
Paul Hume wrote:
Nice !
Manon Fulconis
Aug 9, 2018 2:33 AM
Manon Fulconis wrote:
Great !
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