Christopher Swann, a British photographer has lensed amazing photographs of cetaceans such as whales and dolphins both beneath and above the surface of the ocean. The photographer with over 25 years of experience with diving and running whale-and dolphin-watching holidays throughout the world, has been perfectly familiar with the behavioral patterns of these majestic creatures. So this has made him ideally venture very closer to them for close-ups at capturing.
Wonderful photographs of Swann are mostly with minimum details which focus on clean composition and fine tones to enhance the elegance of his themes well. Some of his latest photographs which have been absolutely shared by him, make us experience the black-and- white beauty which our photographer has recently been experimenting with. He has been careful enough to bring out the colourless snapshots, like the glimpse of an orca visible through the ripples of water, or the understated gleam of a dolphin’s tail closely below the water surface. The photographs which are fine and refined bring out the romance and poetic nature of the aquatic inhabitants and the sea.
We were delighted of being able to ask a few questions about the passion of this photographer in capturing marine mammals. You are able to check out that important interview below.
What’s the special reason for you to get interested in cetaceans like whales and dolphins?
I am attached to the sea inseparably due to the perfect beauty of it and I have been at sea sailing at the age of 17 (40 years ago). Cetaceans are ideal underwater but whales are exclusively perfect. Watching animals in their massive size itself without any difficulty in their own surroundings is unique.
Can you explain your experience based on the latest photographs? What was the reason for you to be with an idea of B&W aesthetic?
I was at least with B&W for a moment, but when most of the underwater photographs are considered, they were able to add more colour into the life due to the blue colour. But when there is more detail or shape appears B&W was ideal.
What made you to be so close and personalised with the marine mammals?
I have been watching these wonderful whales daily for the last 25 years. I used to organize whale-watching holidays, first in Hebrides (on my75ft. Boat, the Marguerite Explorer, the company was addressed as “Western Isles Sailing and Exploration Co, Ltd.”) on the western part of the coast in Scotland and followed that to Canary Islands- Both were obviously different from each other: One grey and cold while the other has sunlit water- which assisted me to enjoy a swim with the stunning cetaceans. From these I was able to grasp details about their reactions and the method of being at the exact place at the exact time.
You are to say goodbye to the business of whale watching and focus totally on photography since October 2016. What would be the most fascinating chapter of your life in the near future?
I, of course, love to commit myself to photography of whales. By handling whale-watching trips, I am able to get chances of instances where I steer until the last with an obscured view and making others in the ideal locations for capturing while I can only see. But I would love to capture better shots for a few years by concentrating only on photography.