Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
By Jorge Silva
Once your eyes go below the ocean waterline, you know that there is an immense parallel universe brimming with images.
Ever since I began taking pictures I haven’t discovered anything that grabs me like diving does. Luckily, I don’t have to neglect photography while diving; they are perfectly complementary.
Photographing underwater is a challenge due to the inherent demands of diving, and the technical difficulties that underwater photography presents.
Diving requires calm and concentration, with control over every variable – floatability, depth, air, and time, while shooting underwater can break that calmness. Going after an image can require me to swim a little more than expected, and consume more air than calculated. The human body requires more oxygen to move more muscles.
The Galapagos Islands are a dream come true for both divers and photographers, even more so when they are combined into one. Located on the geographical equator in the Pacific Ocean, this volcanic deep sea archipelago consists of 15 major islands and 107 islets, is home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Galapagos National Park and the Galapagos Marine Reserve. The latter is the second largest marine reserve in the world, after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.