Atlantic flying fish squadron, Cozumel, Mexico
Our Photographer of the Week is Robert Stansfield, a 42-year-old, multi-award-winning macro photographer from the UK who has been diving and taking photos underwater since 2000. For the last five years, he has been based in Cozumel, where he dives regularly and is now pioneering one of Mexico’s first and longest-running blackwater dives.
Robert started out taking basic underwater images with a small compact camera on a dive trip to Indonesia but was inspired by other photo pros to pursue the activity further and combine his love of image making with scuba diving as a full-time career. He is now a brand ambassador for the new housing manufacturer Marelux, a regular contributor to the Spotted Eagle Ray Caribbean Project, and founder of the Blackwater Cozumel Project, which sees him spending most of his time diving in deep water at night in pursuit of unique underwater images. So, it will come as no surprise to find his portfolio teeming with alien-like larval and juvenile pelagic critters that look like they came down from outer space.
When he is not diving, Robert is also a keen volleyball player who is partial to a good cochinita taco. It certainly seems like he is perfectly suited to life as an underwater photographer in Mexico, so if you find yourself in Cozumel and have never tried blackwater diving, be sure to get in touch and let him introduce you to the bizarre creatures of the abyss.
Longarm octopus, Cozumel, Mexico
Sargassum crab and pteropode, Cozumel, Mexico
Thimble jellyfish with jack, Cozumel, Mexico
Rainbow tripodfish, Cozumel, Mexico
Sailfin blennies face off, Cozumel, Mexico
Eagle rays in black and white, Cozumel, Mexico
Nurse shark eye, Banco Chinchorro, Mexico
Phronima in salp, Cozumel, Mexico
Banded coral shrimp, Cozumel, Mexico
Grass squid, Cozumel, Mexico
Atlantic flying fish, Cozumel, Mexico
Cusk eel, Cozumel, Mexico
Check out more of Robert’s eye-popping blackwater work on his Instagram and Facebook pages.
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