Diver Canada : March 2007
In this article published in the canadian magazine Diver Magazine, a complete article about Ville Franche sur Mer in the Mediterranean Sea in France.
Here is the beginning of the article :
"Between Nice and Monaco, Villefranche-sur-Mer is famous to the free-divers for being the practice place of the Free-diving French champion, Loïc Leferme. It is also the base of his school. This village created in 1295 per Charles II of Anjou, knew how to preserve its picturesque charm over the centuries: hot colors of the Mediterranean buildings, its small and steep streets with the paces of yore. Villefranche-sur-Mer offers also treasures which attract each year thousands of visitors. Choose between the strengthened Citadel built in the 16th century by André Provana de Leyni, the church “Michel Saint” built in the 18th century, the chapel Saint Pierre built in the 14th century and decorated by Jean Cocteau or the « obscure » street built in the 14th century. Villefranche-sur-Mer is also characterized by its immense roads bordered of a splendid beach and which accommodates some 380 meters length steamers with a draft of 15 meters. Lastly, Villefranche-sur-Mer counts also two historical ports : the Port of Health and the Royal Port of the Wet dock.
But the brood city in edge of the Provence has a facet very little known: its deep-sea diving capability. The sites are attended only by experts and accustomed divers who avoid of too much speaking about it to preserve the exclusiveness of its exceptional sites. The Dives are done in the bay or its entry. Therefore they are always protected except in the event of strong wind from the south."
To continue in the issue of March 2007 in Canadian Diver.
Isabelle and Amar Guillen are two photographers specializing in underwater, wildlife, and landscape photography. In 1987, their photographic adventure began while they both prepared for a degree in computer engineering. The visual beauty offered by the sumptuous surrounding landscapes and the wildlife held within began (and continues) to be their source of inspiration. This has led them to entirely devote themselves to a professional photographic career, allowing them to share their contemplative and artistic interpretation of nature. For the last fifteen years, they have photographed both the animals and their terrestrial and underwater natural landscapes. Their photographic scenes are animated by the infinite mysteries hidden in nature.
Through their photographic gaze of nature, they strive to highlight the importance of its conservation. Isabelle and Amar live and exhibit between France and the United States, both of which supply wildlife, landscapes, and cultures, providing inspiration for the Guillen's work. Isabelle and Amar have published several books including "Lights and Colors of the Charente-Maritime Coast", "Reflections of Haute-Saintonge", and "The Secrets of Underwater Photography ".