For the Weird Fish 2016 photo shoot we loved Norway so much last year we ventured back there to explore more of the islands in the area of Alesund.
Freediving or skin diving is a form of underwater diving where divers hold their breath for long periods of time, and rely on their own abilities rather than using breathing apparatus.
It is an ancient art that goes back to traditional fishing techniques such as spear fishing and oyster diving. The divers would practice meditative breathing techniques to improve their lung capacity, and ability to stay calm.
There are now a range of competitive competitions testing disciplines from deepest depths and longest time under.
We spoke to one freediver from our home town of Cheltenham – Adam Mustoe.
The location for our Spring/Summer 2016 campaign took us to the well visited island of Gran Canaria.
We spent a lot of our time enjoying the utterly amazing Maspalomas sand dunes. We were told by our guide that the dunes were created hundreds of years ago, when strong winds carried the sand from Morocco to the location. We are not sure how true this is, but the winds are constantly moving the dunes, and they are now in a more southerly location than they were 40 years ago.
We were lucky enough this season to head out to Norway for our autumn/winter 2015 photo shoot.
In the beautifully picturesque village of Norheimsund near the Hardangerfjord