There are moments when you browse the web and come across photos that make you stop and think. The surreal and captivating "Underwater Realm" project of Anuar Patjane Floriuk does exactly that.
Floriuk shows us a black and white underwater world, where shoals of fish, huge whales, and apex predators capture our imagination. The reason that I want to share Floriuk's artwork is to show you just how beautiful conservation photography can be.
Underwater Photography With a Mission
Floriuk, a photographer and social anthropologist born in Mexico, is passionate about photography as well as our environment. With "Underwater Realm," he stresses that the vast, submerged biosphere is a mostly unknown treasure that we are about to lose due to human action. As we are brutally overfishing the world's oceans, the balance of our planet seems to be locked in a downward spiral. Conservation and environmental protection were already on his agenda, but as Floriuk saw the oceans change during his free time as a diver, something happened to him. I guess that's true for every location. The more you immerse yourself in an environment, the more it grows on you.
Above is one image titled "Pet your Shark" that really struck me. Floriuk describes the photo of a bull shark as how unlikely a shark attack is against humans. Bull sharks, now common along the coasts of Mexico, simply don't care about us. “We need to stop fearing sharks,” said Floriuk. “Killing them just to get their fins to make soup and then throwing back the dying sharks back into the ocean is just one of the most brutal things I have seen a human do to another being.”
Photos used with permission by Anuar Patjane Floriuk.