Featured Photographer | Arnau Argemi 

Featured Photographer Arnau

 


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My name is Arnau Argemi and I live in Barcelona, Spain. At the age of 12, I became fascinated by people who were suited up, carried a tank on their back, and disappeared for hours under the surface of the beach of Tamariu, Spain. After watching multiple groups go in excitedly and come out of the water with a face of amazement, I decided to explore what was happening underwater that made all those scuba divers come up in awe.  I remember slipping on a wet 7mm neoprene and trying on a mask. Next thing I know, I had graduated in biology from the University of Chicago and was getting my dive master certification from NAUI after teaching open water courses for almost a year. 

My interest in science (and the reason I got my degree in biology) was born out of discovering the beauty of marine life and wanting to understand it to a deeper level. As I studied for my degree, I was lucky enough to work as a volunteer divemaster candidate for two dive centres in Chicago. After teaching new divers for more than a year, I decided to approach my passion for scuba diving from a different perspective. From talking to the excited students, I realized that their motivation to get certified was fueled by seeing pictures and videos online or through social media of wrecks, marine life, or other divers. 

With the goal of motivating people to discover the world through the sport of scuba diving, I started my journey as an underwater photographer to share with others what I when I disappeared under the surface. Almost a year ago, I put a camera in a housing for the first-time. My passion, ever since I took my camera underwater, has been to show the public through photography the beauty of the underwater world I get to explore on every dive. Many people understand very little about the fantastic creatures that live underneath the blue surface. With a little help from underwater photography, we can all start to appreciate what is hidden underneath the ocean’s surface and the need for marine life conservation. By informing the general public about the marine life we can turn misconception and fear into admiration and beauty. 

I recently started shooting underwater using Ikelite systems. Last year, I acquired a second-hand Ikelite housing for my Nikon D90 with two Ikelite DS51 strobes. My go-to lens to shoot underwater has been the AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED lens due to my fascination for split-level shots. I have explored other lenses like the AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED for macro shots and the Sigma 4.5mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM Circular Fisheye lens for extreme wide-angle scenes. However, my favourite secret lens to shoot is the vintage Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar 50mm f/1.8 (a lens from the 1960s and ‘70s!). This lens’s unique colour rendition, bokeh and sharpness at f/1.8 are fantastic for underwater creatures. I’ve come to realize I enjoy bringing a different perspective to underwater photography through the process of 1) choosing vintage lenses that could capture unique underwater images, 2) engineering a way to allow the manual focus to work, and 3) making them fit certain port configurations of my housing. 

As an underwater photographer, my future career plans are to continue expanding my vintage lens collection for underwater use, expand my creative portfolio, improve my artform, and enhance my basic camera skills. Additionally, since I’ve mostly explored the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, I look forward to diving in many other places of the world. Wherever my art might take me, I strive to keep inspiring people to explore the underwater world through it. My bathtub sunset photo recently received an Honorable Mention in Fourth Element's Under Bath Water Photo Contest. I hope that is the first of many more awards to come.

 


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Bathtub safety stop,
Chicago,  USA

 

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Aeolid nudibranch Dondice banyulensis.
Tamariu, Catalonia, Spain

 

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Dusky grouper,
El Hierro, Canary Islands, Spain

 

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 Bathtub sunset dive,
Chicago, USA

 

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Arrow crab,
El Hierro, Canary Islands, Spain

 

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Black moray eel,
El Hierro, Canary Islands, Spain

 

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Pixelated blenny,
Tamariu, Catalonia, Spain

 

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Light bulb tunicate colony,
Sant Andreu de Llaveneras, Catalonia, Spain

 

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Mediterranean chromis,
Sant Andreu de Llaveneras, Catalonia, Spain

 

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Leach’s spider crab,
Tamariu, Catalonia, Spain

 

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Common octopus,
Tamariu, Catalonia, Spain

 

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Ringneck blenny,
Tamariu, Catalonia, Spain

 

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Aeolid nudibranch Flabellina affinis
Tamariu, Catalonia, Spain

 

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Smooth starfish,
Tamariu, Catalonia, Spain

 

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Comber,
Tamariu, Catalonia, Spain

 

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Mauve stinger,
Sant Andreu de LLaveneras, Catalonia, Spain

 

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Long-snouted seahorse,
Tamariu, Catalonia, Spain.

 

Find Arnau on Instagram @nau_uwphotography or on his website 


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