“Ocean Oneness”: A freediver finds peace and quiet in an underwater cave surrounded by thousands of fish (Model: David Langlois) (click for full portrait image)
André Musgrove is a lot of ocean in many little ways. He is not only a scuba diving instructor, but also a top-notch freediver. And what’s the point of going into the ocean if not with a camera? André is equal parts underwater photographer and cinematographer. Any spare time is spent at sea (of course) coordinating underwater model shoots, spearfishing, and taking part in conservation efforts.
Born and raised in the Bahamas, where he is still based, this multitalented waterman is consumed by the ocean—and he “wouldn’t have it any other way.” This passion obsession seethes from his images. It seems like there is no normal image for André: Some are pure examples of wildlife photojournalism, while others are clearly in the fashion realm, and many blur the lines between these two styles.
André’s credits include contributions to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Good Morning America, Nickelodeon, and The Nature Conservancy. You may also have seen his photos on platforms such as Buzzfeed, Sport Diver, and this year’s Underwater Photographer of the Year contest.
“Guardians of the Galax-Sea”: Three freedivers superhero pose on a shipwreck in Nassau, Bahamas (Divers: David Langlois, Jeff Panella and Guido Maganani)
“Adrift”: Underwater models perform zero gravity movements underwater with sharks (Models: David Langlois and Liz Parkinson)
“Yeah, When Pigs Swim”: The swimming pigs had some great swimming teachers in Exuma, Bahamas (Models: Sacha Kalis and David Langlois)
“Trail We Blaze”: Freedivers enjoys a solo interaction with a resident eagle ray at Berry Islands, Bahamas (Diver: David Langlois)
“Shark Skateboard Handplant”: A skateboarder handplants underwater on a sunken shipwreck in Nassau, Bahamas (Model: David Langlois)
“Angels and Demons”: When the abyss stares back at you, Thunderball Grotto, Exuma, Bahamas (Models: David Langlois and Sabine Banet)
“Salt Vagabonde”: Underwater model Sabine Banet takes a lonely stroll on the paths less traveled, Thunderball Grotto, Exuma, Bahamas (Model: Sabine Banet)
“Class Is in Session”: Nurse sharks align in the sand in front of a diver, similar to students in a classroom, Bimini, Bahamas (Diver: David Langlois)
“Get to the Point”: A freediver looks over the edge of a wreck hanging over an underwater cliff of the Tongue of the Atlantic Ocean, Nassau, Bahamas (Diver: David Langlois)
“Coral Gardener”: A woman tends to her backyard coral garden, interacting with the wildlife, Sea Aquarium, Exuma, Bahamas (Model: Sabine Banet)
“Light Abduction”: An angelic figure levitates peacefully in the Rocky Dundas caves of Exuma, Bahamas (Model: Sabine Banet)
André works with dozens of his favorite models