Taking pictures of the underwater world of Gironde estuary, France. August 2012.
During the month of August 2012, we dived into the waters of the mouth of the Gironde estuary in France to take photographs of wildlife and underwater flora. These photographs are for an exhibition project that will take place in 2013. The dives are very technical because the currents are very violent, the water is quite cold (about 14 degrees Celsius) and visibility can be quite poor (a few tens of centimeters). But we certainly made the most interesting dives for the last 5 years.
We were surprised by the variety and diversity of species of fish, sponges and crustaceans. Most dives are done between 10 and 20 meters deep on a huge rocky plateau which is located not far from Cordouan lighthouse. We also have the chance to dive on shipwrecks sunk during the Second World War. It was the opportunity to photograph very large banks of pout and huge European conger moving in open water. As dives take place at the stall current, we can make just one dive per day. The underwater world of the Gironde estuary is a very exciting universe but unknown by most divers photographers. Indeed, the water spoof huge amounts of mud and silt causing a very poor visibility.