My experiences in Scuba diving, Underwater photography,Nature photography and marine science relationships thus far.

Well instead of talking about general photography and bogging everyone down with  too much technical jargon when it comes to the subject of scuba diving ,oceanography ,marine biology and environmental science .Lets take a different approach.

I would like to start of with a more in-depth look at what this site is about…and yes i have done that before in a previous post a while back ,i believe it was early last year if memory serves me correctly. but in that particular post i did not convey the message well.. and so not to bore any further …lets just get to it .

I would first like to start of with in what i am not …Meaning ,instead of me just showing you a bunch of photos and as a photographer and also showcasing my portfolio as just another photographer website or blog ,i would rather give or attempt to give for that matter a sense of value and education  about the many aspects which i personally have come across and learnt in my both recreational scuba diving activities and professional scuba diving activities ,and how that relates to photography ,underwater photography and the marine sciences such as Marine Biology and Oceanography .

Firstly ,i am not a Scientist ,i am more what you may want to call a Marine Science nerd when it comes to reading ,writing  and learning more and more on the subject of Environmental Science  Marine Biology and Oceanography .I have done so for around 15 years now ,yes i have collected many books on mainly on Marine Biology  and Oceanography and read many more articles on scientific journals related to the scientific disciplines ,however i am still just a Marine Science nerd or nut .

Another thing is that i am not an expert ,both in underwater  photography and photography in general ,i believe i am just an experiencer that happens to have many cameras and lenses ,a tool photography is ,any form of photography  ,a medium of the fusion of art and science ,this is what i believe photography is  in definition.

I am just me telling you what i know thus far in photography,underwater photography and the marine environment after 14 year of diving and 13 years of photography .I can add that im not the sharpest knife in the draw but i have a passion that i wish to share ,educate and learn.

Moreover i do not consider my self to be a subject matter expert ,again i just have experience in underwater photography and happen to be a Scuba Diver and yes a Scuba Diving Instructor  that does not me an expert,however these are titles ,what i know  is context ,substance and value i believe. with a vast memory of experiences and situations ….forget job titles ,there just a way to classify things .

Basically i will be sharing my experiences of being a Scuba Diver ,Photographer and share what i know about the marine environment ,marine life and our natural world and how it works in a rudimentary way .

On that note ,if i may i will be most of the time be writing about how all the diving and photography i have done after many years what it has taught me and how that relates to the marine environment and the marine species that i have photographed over the years.

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So the best way i can do this is relate  many things to Environmental Science  Marine Biology ,Oceanography ,while keeping with the overall theme of Underwater Photography ,Nature Photography .

I will try to explain about  the many marine species in our oceans ,however they will be sub tropical and tropical marine species i will be talking about ,this is because nearly all of my underwater photography is photographed in Mauritius .

However i do photograph the many people ,places and situations that have an intrinsic link with our oceans and seas ,this forms part of the photojournalist side of me ,one which keeps me connected to photography by the way of land based photography

Now this is important ….If i don’t have a photo i have taken of it i wont talk about it ,i will only ever discuss and explain the marine life subjects i have photographed,  i know about and read about and studied them, that also goes to dive sites i have dived,if i have not dived it ,i wont talk about it  .

The primary  reason for this is simple .As many photographers know ,and just in case you don’t know ,one of the first and fundamental things about photography as a whole is you need to know your subject ,meaning your photo subject .

So in a nutshell i ONLY talk about marine life species ,places or dive site i have ACTUALLY photographed and physically been too.

The second reason is that it in my firm belief that i can provide more context when relating or discussing a photo subject ,mainly because i read about and actually photographed that subject .

You really need to study your subject that you want to photograph,so when you know your subject you can predict its actions ,get a feel about  behavior and know many characteristics ,this pretty much goes for all types of photography ,but is somewhat pronounced when your shooting wildlife like photography underwater for instance.

Jean-Yves Bignoux

I will also try to keep to the facts ,what is known thus far ,but explain some narratives in posts about the marine life species ,places ,dive sites ,but will always rely on solid proof and what the marine sciences say about a given subject .However if i have an opinion i will share it

Knowing ,reading and doing  many aspects of scuba diving with all these years of experience diving and photographing on land  , reading many books on marine sciences and being a Scuba diving instructor lead me to many pathways ,which was inevitably one path in the end, to learn more and share that with anyone who either wants to listen and learn themselves or who have an avid or fond interest in underwater photography or photography and the marine environment and our natural environment in general

As i have stated ,if i can relate my photography to the scientific disciplines of Environmental Science ,Marine Biology and Oceanography utilizing my photographs i have taken underwater and correlate that with the dives i have done ,then i have done my job on this website .

Having prefaced that , Environmental Sciences and again how that relates to my personal experiences with it in the  more land based photography and nature photography will be from time to time a focus on this website  .Of course Environmental Science does also relate to many things ,sea and land ,to me its all the same thing ,its natural environment with no borders .

Tommorow i will write and subsequntly post about the other sections on this website which are currently in the process of being put together by me these are the tabs at the very top of the page  ,i will let you know section by section what topics i will also cover which are camera ,Mauritus and scuba diving realted.

One more thing ,all the photos are photographed by me and all articles are written by me .The only time that its not taken by me is in my profile photos in the BIO section and the ones on this page ,however they are taken with my cameras for my profile photos by other diversE

So i hope i have cleared the air on this website objective so to speak…I hope that i have explained my case well.Thank you for listening ,much appreciated.

Jean-Yves Bignoux at a Balaclava dive site on deco stop
Jean-Yves Bignoux





Ocean Imagery 2016 -2017 …Jean-Yves Bignoux. Interactions with our oceans All photos are the copyright of Jean-Yves Bignoux. (En Francais)-L’imagerie de l’océan 2016 -2017 …Jean-Yves Bignoux. Interactions avec nos océans ..toutes les photos sont la propriété de Jean-Yves Bignoux


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The sun-drenched island of Mauritius

20 Oct 2011, Port Louis, Mauritius — Port louis, Mauritius. 20th October 2011 — A quintessential beach side area in Roche Noires in the north east of the island. — In 2011 alone, Mauritius welcomed over 960,000 tourists and projections of arrivals to the sun-drenched island are thought to be around 1 million for 2012. A main attraction is its enigmatic natural beaches adored by many worldwide. — Image by © Linley Bignoux/Demotix/Corbis

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Shipwreck Mauritius,the artificial reefs that provide a home and a habitat in the ocean.Jean-Yves BIGNOUX/Canon EOS 7D ,with Ikelite underwater housing ,DS 160 Ikelite flash.


There are approximately 450 underwater shipwrecks surrounding  Mauritius,with some shipwrecks dating as a far back as the 16th century Like many shipwrecks worldwide they act as artificial reefs which in turn provide there own habitats for many marine species .

With over 345 km of coastline that Mauritius offers ,these shipwrecks sustain an underwater ecosystem that gives shelter and a home to many marine species .

There are a further 86 shipwrecks that have been found that span the vast Mauritian territorial waters and dependency islands that form part of the Republic of Mauritius such as Agalega ,Chagos,St Brandon and Rodrigues islands.

The total number of shipwrecks that have been identified to date in Mauritian territory is 540.

Mauritian underwater shipwrecks provide further research and knowledge in marine archaeological preservation whilst providing cultural and historical preservation .The island itself has been rich and vast in marine archaeological findings for many years now .

As for the sciences such as marine biology and to some extent oceanography ,underwater shipwrecks provide wider opportunities for the research and study of these unique habitats inside the shipwreck ,there ecosystem formations and interactions with the surrounding underwater environment of these shipwrecks themselves .

Around 40 shipwrecks at varying depths are scuba dive sites and can be accessed for underwater exploration ,both for recreational and technical purposes in Mauritius and the dependency of Rodrigues island.

For just over 37 years shipwrecks began being scuttled (sank )into the tropical waters of Mauritius to act as artificial reefs A practice which has had many positive results thus far.

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Il y a environ 450 épaves sous-marines entourant l’Ile Maurice,avec quelques épaves datant d’aussi loin qu’un le 16e siècle comme beaucoup d’épaves dans le monde qu’ils agissent comme des récifs artificiels qui à son tour fournir leurs propres habitats pour de nombreuses espèces marines .

Avec plus de 345 km de côte que l’île Maurice offre ,ces épaves maintenir un écosystème sous-marin qui donne le logement et un accueil pour de nombreuses espèces marines .

Il y a en plus 86 naufrages qui ont été trouvés qui couvrent le vaste dépendance mauricienne et les eaux territoriales d’îles qui font partie de la République de Maurice, comme l’archipel des Chagos, Agaléga,St Brandon et îles Rodrigues.

Le nombre total d’épaves qui ont été identifiées à ce jour dans le territoire mauricien est 540.

Mauritian épaves sous-marines fournissent d’autres recherches et connaissances en conservation archéologique maritime tout en assurant la préservation culturelle et historique .l’île elle-même a été vastes et riches en découvertes archéologiques marins pendant de nombreuses années maintenant .

Comme pour les sciences telles que la biologie marine et l’océanographie dans une certaine mesure ,épaves sous-marines offrent des possibilités plus larges pour la recherche et l’étude de ces habitats uniques à l’intérieur de l’épave ,il y a des formations de l’écosystème et interactions avec l’environnement sous-marin environnant de ces épaves eux-mêmes .

Autour de 40 épaves à diverses profondeurs de plongée sont des sites de plongée et peut être consultée pour l’exploration sous-marine, tant pour des fins récréatives et techniques à l’Ile Maurice et la dépendance de l’île Rodrigues.

Pour un peu plus de 37 ans d’épaves a commencé à être sabordé (a coulé dans les eaux tropicales )de Maurice d’agir comme des récifs artificiels d’une pratique qui a eu de nombreux résultats positifs jusqu’à présent.



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