Reportage in the National Geographic Russia for June 2019 tells what it takes to create new underwtaer shots in the Arctic conditions. A lot of photos from our trip to the White Sea in 2018. And warm words from the Editor-in-Chief of the magazine Andrei Palamarchuk to Viktor Lyagushkin in the editor’s word to reader on the first page warm the heart. Thank you, Andrew, very nice!
My feature story for National Geographic Georgia, illustrated with Viktor Lyagushkin’s photography, about the Black Sea dolphins and dedicated scientists. During the work on the material I was deeply impressed with Professor Natia Kopaliani from Elias University in Tbilisi, who heads the program for studying and counting marine mammals of the Black Sea. There are only seven people in her group, but they manage with a huge amount of work: this includes counting dolphins and analysis of tissues of dead sea mammals for dangerous viruses and genetic analysis, assessing the diet of dolphins based on fish otoliths found in their stomachs, a lot of samples and so on. And finally, accurate and literate work with the obtained data, which then builds the most interesting scientific publications.
The work of the group made such an impression on me that I changed my original idea to devote an article to Black Sea dwellers only, shifting the emphasis to the work of scientists.
One of my best stories of all time in the American magazine Scuba Diving for May 2019 with photography by Viktor Lyagushkin. It tells about the White Sea, the Arctic Circle, diving under ice and the spirit of adventure.
Many thanks to Mary Frances Emmons for gentle editing and attention to the smallest details.