Was watching a ''behind the shot'' type NG documentary as I was flying home yesterday. After some initial excitement as the photographer, Brian Skerry, was someone I had a huge amount of respect for, and the subject matters, the Phoenix Islands, was of great interested to me having watched Greg Stones talks on TED, I quickly became disillusioned. Every shot of Mr Skerry shows him standing or lying or otherwise making contact with the substrate. I don t understand how that is considered acceptable behaviour and to me it makes a mockery of the said photographers stated intention to highlight environmental issues within the ocean realm. Divers that make contact and destroy the substrate due to lack of buoyancy control IS a pressing issue at many busy dive locations.
I don t want to get on my high horse, but I don t see how engaging in that sort of behaviour, let alone broadcasting it as the accepted modus operandi of a very successful photographer, is responsible in any way. Perhaps I am over reacting, but there is definitely a palpable sense of disappointment from an organization and photographer I thought would have known better.
What are your thoughts?
Edited by ErolE, 27 January 2012 - 05:57 AM.