Sfouggaria

During winter, endless greek summer is still in my mind! Today i m sharing more than this… I believe that this photographic project by Pierre Berthuel is more than fantastic…

“There are three kinds of men, the living, the dead and those who go on the sea.” Aristotle.

My camera allowed me to leave for adventure, immortalising the greatest sponge divers of Kalymnos. These men full of courage, like Socrates described them. The Kalymnians can even give their life for this thousand years old catch already mentioned in Iliad and Odyssey. On this beautiful Aegean sea, in the Dodecanese, a handful of illustrious characters continue this tradition. A hose , a compressor , a diving suit and a mask are enough to reach the precious “Sfouggaria”, those sponges sometimes laying 80 meters deep in this sea full of secrets. On a makeshift boat with an uncertain balance, their faith in God’s protection was with us but I kept asking myself if my shots were not the last of this historical profession and of this crew who taught me so much and to whom I dedicate this series.

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