Behind the lens

Anuar Patjane: In Pursuit of Water



Where are you based?

Puebla, Mexico

What camera do you use?

Nikon D700, Leica Monochrom and Sony RX100

How has travel made an impact on your life?

Traveling is the best thing to achieve what some call enlightenment, not books nor teachers. Traveling since I was a little kid was the best thing that could ever happen to me, I thank my family for that.  

What is your relationship to travel/adventure, and what does it mean to you?

I live for traveling, I try to spend more time on the move than in an office or studio. I just feel great when im constanlty moving arround, discovering new places and meeting people This keeps my mind open instead of becoming a closed system.

Tell us something you wouldn’t a stranger?

Routine and monotony is the true enemy but we become too confortable with it that it becomes more and more difficult to detect it and counteract it. 

A school of fish covering the sunken Vencedor ship in Cabo Pulmo, Mexico. After many years under protection, the reef is finally recovering and flourishing.

Good friends, Pepe and Angie swimming near a school of Silver Jacks in Cabo Pulmo, Mexico. I haven´t seen anywhere else schools of fish this size, And this is how the whole sea of Cortez used to be before overfishing!

Sometimes, when water is deep enough and enough silver jacks come together it is possible to see a tornado shape formation in Cabo Pulmo, Mexico

A humpback whale mother and her calf near Roca Partida, Mexico.

Whale mother and calf in Roca Partida Mexico, teaching her babu the breathing technique.

Dolphins near Clipperton Island, 1200 km away from continental land.

A school of dolphins come to visit us and hang around with us for a while, until they realized homo sapiens sucks at swimming and left.

A great white shark emerging from the deep blue, near Guadalupe Island in Mexico. We should not fear sharks, they rarely attack humans, we should fear and stay away from our own ignorance and begin to respect more the planet and our oceans.

Exploring an unknown and uncharted cave in Socorro Island, México.