Whale shark, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
If you live in France, you might struggle to find much enthusiasm for your local dive sites. And if you’ve got a comfortable job working for an investment bank, becoming an underwater shooter may not seem like the most obvious career move. But life throws you curveballs sometimes, and for our French Photographer of the Week Marie-Charlotte Ropert, it only took a posting to Singapore, and a little taste of diving in the waters of Malaysia’s Pulau Tioman, for everything to change.
Soon, Marie-Charlotte was spending every moment of her free time in the water at various destinations across Asia. Then, during her first dive trip outside Asia, chasing South Africa’s Sardine Run, she found herself surrounded by an assortment of passionate underwater photographers and videographers, and realized she had finally met her “clan.” That was 2016, and it wasn’t long before she had purchased her own modest mirrorless camera and housing to begin her journey to become one of the group.
Marie-Charlotte now wields a hefty DSLR rig and has traded her banking job for a career as a dive instructor and underwater photographer. Inspired by the many shooters she’s met along the way, Marie-Charlotte is now producing her own stunning images, many of them from her new home in an amazing part of France that’s famous for diving—French Polynesia. We’re pretty certain that her story and her work will, in turn, serve as an inspiration to many.
Gray reef shark, Fakarava, French Polynesia
Green turtle, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Oceanic manta, Socorro, Mexico
School of jackfish, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Paddletail snappers, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Great white shark, Guadalupe
Dolphin and “adopted” juvenile, Rangiroa, French Polynesia
Sea lion pup playing with pebble, Los Islotes, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Silky shark and school of fish, Malpelo Island, Colombia
Humpback mother, calf and escort male, Tahiti, French Polynesia
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