This portfolio of images shows the kind of photography we have specialised
in. Our images are almost exclusively dedicated to the environment, its
beauty and enjoyment, but unfortunately also to how humans have changed
it and how it degrades slowly before our very eyes. The sea is connected
to the land because soiled water flows down from the land causing damage
to sea life.
Intense pleasure we derive from observing the marine environment
and from understanding how it functions. The unusual forms and colours
of marine life are forever inspiring, bathed in the many ways the light
In this environment the diver is forever present (as the photographer
and his buddy), but seemingly absent from so many pictures. However, the
photographer's model embodies the adventure, the amazement and wonder of
Always cluttered by heavy dive tanks, buoyancy equipment and
more, the diver has lost his connection with this realm of beauty in shape
and movement. We have therefore pioneered the depiction of the human shape
in its elegance and beauty, both by discarding the heavy equipment wherever
possible and by depicting the female nude juxtaposed to forms of nature.
The coast is humanity's most treasured environment, both for
living and pleasure. The dunes, beaches, waves, harbours and islands invite
for the most diverse sorts of activities, always interesting to observe.
Human industriousness, accelerated by technology, welfare and
population growth, has left its footprint wherever one goes, also in the
sea in places where one would least expect it. The Seafriends web site
has taken on the fight for the sea, to bequeath to our children a better
world and ocean while not saddling them with unbearable burdens. Many of
our photographs depict processes of decay, stupidity and the results of
corrupt thinking. We document soil loss, erosion, urbanisation, deforestation,
agricultural runoff, poisonous plankton blooms, mass mortalities, disease
and other aspects of environmental degradation.
We use 35mm Nikon professional cameras both above and under water and
select the finest films to capture the light and transparency of the sea.
Photos are scanned on a professional Nikon scanner and rendered for best
f034316: dolphin's view of swimmers and their kayaks near
Mayor Island, NZ.
f034306: A male bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)
in cathedral light reflected by planktonic organisms.
f034018: a freediver cautiously enters a dark cave over a
kelp forest of Ecklonia radiata, Mayor Island.
f007210: bathed in cathedral light, a stand of lush sea lettuce
lactuca) grows beyond reach of the hungry sea urchins in the foreground.
f012813: the lush canopy of a stalked kelp (Ecklonia radiata)
the sun light but not its rays.
f031820: A mature lionfish (firefish) (Pterois volitans)
parades its many petticoats near the Kermadec Islands.
f034704: a male and female red pigfish (Bodianus vulpinus)
caught in their mating ceremony at dusk, Poor Knights Islands.
f035736: this old snapper (Sparus auratus), aptly
named Monkeyface, delights children in the Goat Island marine reserve
because of its enormous size and ugly looks.
f020507: short tailed stingrays (Dasyatus brevicaudatus)
practising hanggliding in the narrow Northern Arch, Poor Knights Islands.
f021328: An old john dory (Zeus japonicus) photographed
at night. These fish have an uncanny sense of balance and can swim in any
position: upright, upside down or flat.
f028705: an old male sandagers wrasse (Coris sandageri)
with its harem of females of all ages in the background, Poor Knights Islands.
f033010: a young mosaic moray (Enchelicore ramosus)
looks frightening with its many sharp teeth, some of which planted in the
middle of its mouth.
f035502: three seal pups (Arctocephalus forsteri)
chasing each other in a protected cove of Kapiti Island.
f035222: a mother fur seal (Arctocephalus forsteri)
repeatedly dived down to make eye contact with the diver and his buddy.
Photo taken with macro lens.
f026437: a New Zealand fur seal (Arctocephalus forsteri)
bull is not a small animal, and obviously daunting to the freediver above,
who is not acquainted with their speed and agility.
f210210: a New Zealand fur seal (Arctocephalus forsteri)
sleeping in utter delight of doing nothing after a harrowing hunt in the
f035917: a stand of mature stalked kelp (Ecklonia radiata)
seems to dwarf the distant diver.
f033932: an amazing kelp garden of various varieties of brown
kelps at Mayor Island.
f024006: Bernie's Cave at the Poor Knights Islands has an
air bubble reflecting the entering diver. One can take a breath of air
Shapes that can't move around
f031506: a deep archway at the Kermadec Islands is home to
a variety of frugally living life forms: tube corals (tubastrea sp),
purple gorgoneans and feather stars (Crinoid sp).
f032823: a colony of zoanthid anemones has killed and colonised
a gorgonean branch, looking very much as if they constructed it themselves.
f029214: a long tailed stingray (Dasyatis tethidis)
takes off from its resting place in the sand, followed by a freediver.
f029221: As a female long tailed stingray (Dasyatis tethidis)
swims out of the bay, carefully retaining the sand on her back, an eager
snorkeldiver follows her along.
f031613: a snorkel diver collects all her courage to pat
this very large spotted black grouper (SBG) (Epinephelus daemelii)
on its snout. Once they overcome their fear too, these fish become very
f022825: a large sand octopus (Octopus gibbsi) has
withdrawn inside a disused cray pot to escape from the diver. Inside its
web it is cannibalising one of its own kind.
The human form
f023730: a nude female diver takes the plunge in the rather
cold but clear waters of the Poor Knights Islands.
f023422: 'Free Ascent': a nude female leisurely makes her
way back to the surface after a deep plunge.
f015827: a girl stands knee deep in the water, hand-feeding
the many blue maomao (Scorpis violaceus) by the beach of the Goat
Island marine reserve.
f990424: children having beach fun, sliding off the steep
dunes on dad's boogie board. The dunes here have been planted densely in
Spinifex dune grass. The sand is a mix of white quartz and black ironsand.
f990810: Fishermen retrieving an aluminium runabout in the
mist of a gloomy day over Opito Bay, Coromandel.
f981208: childrren playing in a rugged coastal pohutukawa
tree (Metrosideros excelsa) near Cornwallis, Auckland.
f200917: fishermen at dawn fishing the long groynes of the
Nerang River near Surfers Paradise, Queensland.
f014336: for those who have little time but much money, a
helicopter lifts them conveniently to otherwise inaccessible places such
as here at the mouth of the Whangamumu Harbour near the Bay of Islands.
f212614: the fairy penguin (Eudyptula minor) is the
northernmost of all southern penguins. Life in the sea is hard for them,
hence their high natural mortality, but recently poisonous plankton blooms
have made their plight worse. Finding a dead one is always sad.
f016803: dense plankton blooms can absorb all the light in
the sea, killing the kelp forests below in darkness. This extensive kelp
bed died in 1993 (Ecklonia radiata). Goat Island marine reserve.
f982102: 270 pilot whales (Globicephala melaena) died
tragically on Stewart Island because they are unfamiliar with coasts, tides
f960508: runoff from farmland and wherever soil is cut, washes
into rivers and then into the sea. It causes severe harm to marine life,
such as here in the Goat Island marine reserve. Because of such threats,
coastal marine reserves can no longer work.