If you like it … Embrace it !
Always fascinated by fish and photography, He was from the earliest age an enthusiastic aquarium owner and free diver before training to become a scuba instructor in 2001.
Selling up everything to pay for his exams, including his beloved aquarium, he achieved the highest grades in his courses examinations and was soon combining his passions with his first steps in underwater photography.
He bought his first Canon PowerShot A20 with its underwater casing, second hand, from a good friend, Mathieu Meur. With enough saved to progress to a PowerShot A70, the skills he was working on gradually improved.
Things have gone from there really. He began to study shots taken by professional photographers. A professional camera was out of the question but he realised that up-grading again to a PowerShot A95 would be a great step. He worked that camera to the bone and adding an Inon flash to it has given even greater range and depth to the shots that can be achieved.
Eventually he decided to move on the slr side and bought a Nikon D70 and a seacam housing. Absolutely fantastic! He could then really work like a pro.
He also got his hand on a Nikonos V, Nikon F100, D300, D300s, Canon 5dMK II, all in seacam housings.
Nowadays he shoots with a Sony alpha 7RII and moving slowly on the mirrorless era.
He also organized two Mauritian Underwater Photographic competitions, which were great successes. It was an opportunity for me to meet magazines editors and start working together with some of them.
From then, He shot a few front covers for divers magazines and wrote some articles for them, and they gave him the opportunity to cover some diving destinations and travel a bit, which was absolutely fantastic.
He started to write for Islander magazine, the in-flight magazine of Air Mauritius as well and taking a few underwater shots of their interactive screen menu.
He then took part at many underwater photography competitions on the net and won a few of them.
In 2007, 2008 and 2009, He was the Mauritian national champion and represented the island for the CMAS world championship in 2007 and got a silver medal for the macro category.
Today He leads underwater photography workshops once or twice a year with the Siren Fleet and Master Liveaboard around the world.
Nowadays He runs his diving school Sundivers ltd, on the west part of the island, at La Pirogue hotel in Flic en Flac . Come and dive with him all year around. www.sundiversmauritius.com
But he would have never been able to make this path without the help of a few persons, who supported, trusted and encouraged him all the way through. Special thanks specially to James Caratini for giving him the chance to reprint my book, Estee, Juergen, Amanda, Hughes, Thierry and his family.