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For the moment, it can only be seen on iPad, but the versions for Android and for computer screens are coming soon ...
The man who photographed the coelacanths
Laurent Ballesta is the man who photographed the mythical coelacanth, the oldest fish in the world, 120 meters deep, in South Africa, in 2010 and 2013.
He has just published a book on his extraordinary expeditions entitled Gombessa, from the local name of the famous fish. A film will also be broadcast on Arte in May 2014.
Laurent Ballesta is present at the diving show 2014, which takes place at the exhibition park of the Porte de Versailles, in Paris, until Sunday, January 10th. On the program: exhibition, book signings, conferences (Saturday at 4 pm and Sunday at 2 pm).
Biologist and photographer, he talks about his quest for the coelacanth with a communicative passion. "These are the most complicated dives of my life, the most involved, the most difficult, he told me. You live incredible 30 minutes with the animal, by 120-150m of background, and these minutes are worth an eternity ... » But after that, we must still bump into the 4 hours 30 steps before being able to iron the surface ...
He decided not to just publish a beautiful photo book, about the adventure of the Gombessa project, but also to write in the first person. "I consider myself an animal photographer, but I wanted to accompany my images with a story, as we tell a long journey. The coelacanth, it's a very personal dream, that I have in my heart for so many years ... I tried to strike a balance between insipid and immodest, between natural history and lived history. "
I have not read the book yet, but our conversation made me want to dive in! ! !
Other than that, guess where will Laurent Ballesta soon go? AT Raja Ampat! ! ! I even think that there are still some places on one of the two photo cruises organized with him at the end of January - beginning of February 2014, aboard the well-named Waow (the information is here on Facebook).