The amazing photo of white whale Petrovich by our photographer Viktor Lyagushkin, which won the Best Edit Award from National Geographic Headquarters, was so attractive, that it turned attention of another National Geographic regional magazine – Nordic.
During our expedition to White sea, where we did a surprising discovery, Viktor made a shot of a 20 year old white whale named Petrovich. The beluga basked in the spring sunshine and was happy about spring coming.
The photo of whale Petrovich became popular; image with some info on white whales was published in National Geographic Russia Magazine (June 2013) and won the Best Edit Award from the National Geographic Headquarters! Congrats Viktor!
This morning I’ve received a warm email from Jesse Blackadder, the author of a great novell “Chasing the Light”. It reads: “I’m the author of the book that features one of your exquisite photos on the cover. I’d really like to link to your website for more information about that shot. … I’m sure my readers will be fascinated – I’ve had so many great comments about the cover!”
Dear Jesse, that is a good question, I’ll tell you the story with pleasure. The woman on this photo is Natalie Avseenko, twice world champion in freediving.
These two women (Natalie’s and your heroine) were seperated with 80 years and resided on the opposite ends of the earth, but their stories seem to have similar features. These two women are very feminine and strong at the same time; I think, it was their inner integrity and fidelity to themselves made them who they are.
The shot had been captured by Victor Lyagushkin in the White sea, behind the North Polar Circle, 2011. In this project Natalie freedived naked with white whales. Swimming with belugas was her child dream, but why she was naked? Continue reading →
The story behind the scene is always very intriguing. So I want to tell you about the story of “On the Edge” documentary. We had strated our training at Lazurny quarry, our friends DivExpert home site. Visibility there is great all the year around, no fish, but surrealistic underwater landscape with green pine trees staying at the bottom. Continue reading →
Starring Natalie Avseenko Victor Lyagushkin Ivan Kronberg, belugas Nilma and Matryona.
The story takes place on the White Sea at the “Polar Circle” dive center (Polar Circle, Kolsky peninsula, Russia) and at DiveXpert diving center (Lazurny quarry, Urals, Russia)
Please, do not think that the documentary just chronicling our adventure at White Sea. This is a movie about dream. A child dream which comes true through courage, determination and honest attitude. Continue reading →
The biggest Russian news portal NEWS.RU wrote about Natalie Avseenko and Victor’s photos:
“World freediving champion dived naked into the ice hole together with two belugas. Probably you remember that these whales are of special Putin interest“.