British photographer Christopher Swann captures stunning shots of cetaceans like whales and dolphins both above and beneath the surface of the ocean. With over 25 years of experience diving and running whale- and dolphin-watching holidays around the world, the photographer has become finely attuned to the behaviors of these majestic creatures, enabling him to venture close to them for intimate and eye-opening portraits.
“I love the beauty and perfection of the sea,” Swann told. “Cetaceans epitomise that, and nothing is more perfect than any cetacean underwater, but whales are really special. To see animals so huge yet so graceful, so at ease and at one with their surroundings, is exquisite.” The photographer has spent years running whale and dolphin-watching holidays around the globe, but he’s decided to bid farewell to this career in order to focus exclusively on his amazing photography. Take a look at some of his stunning photography below. His pictures serve to remind us that despite their size, these tranquil creatures have the power to instill in us a remarkable sense of peace.
Christopher Swann, (“Swanny” as he is known), is long established and very experienced in the cetacean world. His years and years of experience running whale and dolphin watching holidays around the world is probably unmatched. For 23 years he ran literally hundreds of whale watching holidays, (some years he ran as many as 40 trips) from the South Pacific to the Arctic. Ever alive to the romance and poetry of the sea, it is that depth of experience combined with his unrivalled enthusiasm and passion that led to so many extraordinary and intimate whale and dolphin encounters.
The sea has been his domain for 35 years, be it sailing square riggers or travelling by dog sled across sea ice. As much at home beneath the water as above it, he has been a diver in the Royal Navy and in the oil and gas fields of the North Sea and he has assisted in making whale and dolphin films in various parts of the world including four months filming killer whales in the sub Antarctic. In his first boat (a traditional 70ft gaff ketch) he covered over 10,000 miles on cetacean surveys in the UK as well as helping with assorted research projects.