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Kirill Egorov is an avid underwater explorer. He has been part of Global Underwater Explorers (GUE) Mars the Magnificent missions, the USS Atlanta, and the Battle of the Egadi project in Italy to name just a few. Not only is he an accomplished technical and cave diver and instructor, but he is also a talented underwater photographer. Kirill currently lives in High Springs, Florida, where he cave dives regularly. “I love sharing amazing places and things I see with other divers and non-divers,” Kirill said. “The other exciting opportunity is to document wrecks and caves, and preserve their current state, at least in the form of photos.”
One cool aspect that Kirill enjoys about being a photographer is being useful on projects by blending his skills as a diver and his skills as a photographer. He contributes photos that then can be shared and used for documentation, identification, and conservation. Of all the places he has photographed, his two favorites are: Mars the Magnificent, and the Twin Dees/Weeki Wachee cave system.
But, Kirill isn’t the first artist in his family.
“As my granddad was an avid photographer, and my father is an artist and a semi-pro photographer, I have attempted land photography at different points in my life. During the ‘archaeological’ part of my life, macro photography and backlight contrast photography were a big part of what I was doing (while primarily studying Viking Age textiles). I only made the decision to start playing with underwater photography in late 2013. I never planned to get that seriously into this as a hobby.”
Outside of his family, Kirill has drawn inspiration from other underwater photographers like Becky Kagan Schott, Pete Mesley, and David Rhea. “Their photos were the reason for me to start learning underwater photography, and they keep inspiring me to learn further,” he said.
For Kirill, one of the hardest elements of underwater photography is communicating with models and trying to convince them to do what he wants. “I am lazy, so if I need to work too long on photos after I have taken them, I typically do not. So I try to use a ‘film’ approach—every photo has to be good at the moment it is taken.”
In the future, Kirill would like to dive caves and wrecks that are less travelled and capture images that are useful to researchers, and of course beautiful to look at.
GUE Partners with Scuba.Digital
We are excited to announce a partnership between Global Underwater Explorers (GUE) and Scuba.Digital, the #1 Online Dive Show.
Scuba.Digital is hosted on one of the world’s best online event platforms and aims to become the World’s #1 Online Dive Show. With more than 200 exhibitors including Aggressor Adventures, WWDS, Blue O Two, Fourth Element, Divesoft, and many more, Scuba.Digital will bring divers and dive businesses from around the globe together. A program of speakers on the main stage and in our breakout sessions, a networking area and the expo booths, there is something for every diver, free diver or snorkeller.
Jason from Scuba.Digital said: “I feel that GUE are a good fit with Scuba.Digital. They are a non-profit organization that really cares about our oceans and helps people to explore the oceans with the right training in order to conserve what we have.”
Together GUE and Scuba.Digital will be able to bring more speakers with more information not only about diving, freediving or snorkelling but also about the current situation regarding COVID-19, it’s impact on how we partake in these water sports safely and also how we travel to get to the wonderful places we want to go. When will it be safe? What protections are there? Is my money safe? Together we can help the world of divers, free divers and snorkellers get back their confidence to return to the water.
Jason said: “We believe that the partnership between Scuba.Digital and GUE will bring benefits to both our organizations but most importantly to the scuba and free-diving communities themselves. In these times, an online event means that we can get the information we need direct from the owners of the dive resorts, liveaboards or manufacturers.”
Purchase your GUE ticket to the show for just $10.
We would like to Scuba.Digital for including us in their event!
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