Weird News: "My most striking photos" (1/5): Franck Seguin, The head underwater

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Franck Seguin, photographe et rédacteur en chef à L'Équipe, s'est spécialisé depuis une trentaine d'années dans la photographie d'apnée. (F. Seguin/L'Équipe) provided by L'Equipe Franck Seguin, photographer and editor in the team, has specialized since Thirty years in apnea photography. (F. Seguin/The team)

this summer, we invite you to discover the most significant shots of photographers from the world of board and extreme sports. This Monday, first part with Franck Seguin, editor -in -chief of the team and specialist in apnea photography.

Its most beautiful photo

“My most beautiful photo is also one of those that have been most appreciated. We see Apneist Guillaume Néry during a training session off Nice, in spring 2006. The light is perfect and is reflected in its white combination. Thanks to this shot, I was rewarded with the photo of the year at the World Press. It was the beginning of the apnea photos, I knew that I offered something that others did not offer. I always wanted to do this, so to be able to take pictures of this kind and that they are rewarded, it is a real personal consecration. "

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Her most appreciated photo

" Systematically, I am told about this image of Guillaume Néry in the middle of the sperm whales, taken from Mauritius in 2017. She gives the impression that he works on their back. Since then, the photo must have been published almost 300 times, it has won several prices. Whenever I show an album, this is the one that attracts people's eye, still five years later.

Often, I know when I take the photo if it is exceptional. The photos I prefer are those where I manage to reproduce what I have in mind before diving. I like to have a good alignment, a good balance and of order, it is my style. And above all, the image must tell a story. "

His most difficult photo to take

" This time, it is another great French apneist, Pierre Frolla, who swims with sharks, in the Aliwal Shoal reef, near Durban in South Africa. For me, the most difficult photo is to make man and animal coincide on an image, with a balance, harmony and perfect positions. And when, like here, they are sharks, it's even more impressive. There were between 20 and 30 black tips, which were between 2 and 2.5 m. One of them was very upset, with the mouth wide open. I saw that he had a hook stuck in the back of the mouth, surely for a very long time. During my career, I took a lot of pictures with animals underwater but I always put myself a limit: I never touch animals. "

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His most surprising photo

" It is a close-up of Herbert Nitsch, world record for freed raising (253 meters below the surface, in No-Limit), a real legend of the discipline. I have been doing the apnea photo for over twenty years, but I have never had the opportunity to photograph it underwater. What is crazy is that the most beautiful photo I have of him, I took him in his shower, at his home in Austria, two months before his world record. Seeing the image, it is believed that it is about to dive, in a boat or at the water's edge, since it is putting its glasses and droplets spring up everywhere. This is what makes the charm of this photo with unusual history!

Franck Seguin is a photographer and editor in the newspaper L'Équipe. Passionate about sport from an early age, himself a swimmer, he is looking for a profession where he can flourish and find sports values ​​such as friendship, team spirit and physical challenge. Photography allows him to add an artistic touch. After skipping the slopes of the ski resorts, he turns to another element: water. Fascinated by underwater expeditions like that of Commander Cousteau, he discovered apnea early, at the time of Jacques Mayol and Enzo Maiorca, while few photographers attacked this discipline. Since then, he has specialized in apnea photography, and has won numerous prizes thanks to his shots. He has been working for the team since 2008, after being independent and reporting images for various press agencies.

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