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Photographer of the Week - Bill Fisher
By Joseph Tepper, August 28, 2014 @ 05:00 AM (EST)

The shortfin mako: One of the more difficult sharks to find and photograph cruises off Rhode Island.

You wouldn’t guess that Bill Fisher grew up on the freshwater shores of the Great Lakes—his love for the ocean and its toothiest inhabitants is contagious. Nevertheless, land-locked Bill built an appreciation for sharks by flicking through publications filled with the words and images of Eugenie Clark and Jacques Cousteau. But it was a film which caused so much panic that cemented Bill’s excitement for sharks: Jaws.

It wouldn’t be until years later that Bill would actually see his first shark in the wild, but he’d already been bit with the adventuresome spirit of a shark photographer. He soon booked any shark diving trip he could find, encountering reef, sand tiger, and great white sharks.

A great hammerhead comes in for a close inspection.

Isla de Guadalupe, Mexico: A great white shark cruises overhead.

A whale shark surface feeding off the South Eastern coast of Yucatan.

Perhaps his most fateful encounter was not with any shark, but with videographer Joe Romeiro. With a background in sound design and post-production, Bill joined with Joe to form 333 Productions. The duo has since produced award-winning short films on sharks, with their work appearing on BBC, National Geographic, Discovery and USA Today, among others.

As if the film side of things wasn’t impressive enough, Bill’s photography has been published everywhere from Alert Diver to the WWF and even Scuba Diver Through The Lens magazine. It seems likely that 20 years from now we will be writing about a land-locked underwater photographer who was inspired growing up with images and stories of the adventures of Bill Fisher.

An oceanic whitetip shark investigates a diver.

Tiger sharks frequent the shallow waters of the world famous Tiger Beach, Bahamas.

Staying out late with a great hammerhead in Bimini, Bahamas.

A playful Bahamian dolphin investigates Bill’s camera.

After the sun sets: A night dive with a lemon shark.

Close-up of a speedy mako off Rhode Island.

Drift diving with oceanic whitetips off the coast of Cat Island, Bahamas. Isurus oxyrinchus: The fastest shark in the sea.

A Rhode Island blue shark swims below at night.



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