A free diver exercises dynamic apnoea below an iced platform, in the chilly salt water of the White Sea, at minus 2 degrees Celsius. Must be extremely prepared, brave and self-controlled to free-dive, holding the breath, in ambient without a fast and clear access to the surface.
Reaching the underwater world, is an adventure itself since a thick layer of ice bars the passages every night, due to very low temperatures, and every day one must cut ice holes (called mainas by locals) into the ice platform. Salted water needs very low temperature to freeze. Below the ice platform, the upper layer is a melt of fresh and salt water, allowing a surprising amount of life to thrive.
Location: White Sea, northern Russia.
Franco Banfi / Biosphoto
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Shooting date : 2014-04-03
Il faut être extrêmement préparé, courageux et maître de soi pour plonger en apnée, en retenant sa respiration, dans un environnement sans accès rapide et dégagé à la surface.
Atteindre le monde sous-marin est une aventure en soi, car une épaisse couche de glace barre les passages chaque nuit, en raison des températures très basses, et chaque jour, il faut creuser des trous de glace (appelés mainas par les locaux) dans la plate-forme de glace. Adventure photographer of the year, finaliste.
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