Photographer Ice Dives In Glacier Caves In Quest Of Perfect Images


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Scuba diving, even in the warmest of waters takes some courage, not to mention focus, so as not to get lost or disoriented in the dark murky underwater world - So you can only imagine what it must take, to swim in sub-zero temperature waters surrounded by glaciers and, snap amazing pictures at the same time.

But that's what 52-year-old award-winning Swiss photographer, Franco Banfi, loves to do. The expert ice diver who has around 100 dives under his belt, has spent time snapping photos in some of the world's coldest waters including, the White Sea,as well as, the Arctic and SouthernOceans.

His latest endeavor that took place early in the summer of 2010, involved navigating his way through small underwater ice caves, that are created when glaciers in Switzerland's Sassolo Lake are just starting to melt, at the onset of summer.

Mr. Banfi says that though beautiful, the caves are very dark, especially when the ice above is really thick - so much so, that the ice diver need ropes to find his way out of the caves. The avid photographer knows he is risking his life every time he goes on an underwater ice diving mission but, his passion for taking the perfect picture far supersedes any feeling of fear.


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  • pinkachu19
    pinkachu19about 4 years
    That is why I want to be a photographer when I grow up.
    • Chloe5over 4 years
      I would love t
      • chloe5
        chloe5about 6 years
        I would want to do that
        • robloxer1563
          robloxer1563about 6 years
          wh ich one was the good pic
          • Awesome over 6 years
            That be so scary
            • happyalmost 7 years
              the is cool
              • coolalmost 7 years
                This is really cool
                • happypug12
                  happypug12about 7 years
                  Wow. It would be so amazing if the ice glowed. What color should it glow?
                  • THE MANabout 7 years
                    This is cool but it would be way better if it had a video
                    • jjabout 7 years