• October 18, 2013

Brian Skerry on Capturing the Soul of the Sea

“As I sort of connect the dots and spend time with these animals … things are revealed to me.” —Brian Skerry

picture of a whitecoat, or juvenile, harp seal swims gracefully in icy water.
A whitecoat, or juvenile, harp seal swims gracefully in icy water.

Brian Skerry wants to “make pictures that will stay with people for a lifetime.” It is this desire, and his sense of duty to protect the planet for the next generation, that has led Skerry to the world of underwater photography. Skerry started scuba diving at the age of 15 and found his love for underwater photography and exploration shortly after. He has been revealing the mysteries of the underwater world for three decades and has completed 20 stories for National Geographic magazine over the last 15 years. —Mika Chance, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

This video portrait was produced by National Geographic magazine in partnership with the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. It is part of an ongoing series of conversations with the photographers of the magazine, exploring the power of photography and why this life of imagemaking suits them so well. Learn more about the making of the series and watch the full trailer here.

Follow Brian Skerry on his website.

Video Production Credits
Photographer: Brian Skerry
Producers: Pamela Chen, NGM
Chad A. Stevens, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Associate Producer: Elyse Lipman, NGM
Editors: Mika Chance, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Camera and Sound: Spencer Millsap, NGM, Shannon Sanders, NGM

There are 34 Comments. Add Yours.

  1. Brandon K
    April 18, 2015

    I found Skerrys video inspiring. Very powerful!

  2. wilber
    November 20, 2014

    Me encanta.

  3. Vin
    November 4, 2014

    Great Shot.

  4. Himangshu
    October 30, 2014

    Thanks to you for capturing beautifull pictures.you are a great photographer.I want to become a photographer but i have no idea how to capture photo?
    So please give me some tips to capture a great picture.
    Thinking you…….

  5. Hirakjyoti Mukherjee
    October 20, 2014

    Hello sir,,,I love,respect,admire and salute ur
    dedication in photography. U r one of the best
    photographer I hv ever seen…..U r my
    I am a college student now,,,I madly love
    photography but neither I am a photographer
    nor I hv learned photography…
    so,if u kindly visit my facebook photography page
    ” Hirak’s Photography Collection ” and give me
    some opinions valuable advices hw I can
    improve my work,,,then I will remain thankful to

  6. Raju Sinha
    August 2, 2014

    There are so many photographers and there are so many photographs. It is all abot coming up with the goods. THe standard of National Geographic are high quality and the composition are to be admired.

  7. Jemima
    April 9, 2014

    Wow !!!!!!!!!

  8. Sonia Ellem
    October 26, 2013

    Totally agree with everything Brain said … he’s my hero, love is passion. Wonderful images.

  9. tolayskie
    October 25, 2013

    it was a lovely photo, through your eyes, I can also see amazing beauty of nature. Thank you

  10. Tarani
    October 25, 2013

    Its so beautiful 🙂

  11. Dalilah
    October 20, 2013

    Ma syaa Allah. This photo melts the hardest of hearts. If it doesn’t then the owner of the heart is not human.

  12. Teresa
    October 20, 2013

    Now my background on my computer. I love the sea and your work 🙂

  13. Vicky
    October 20, 2013

    Beautiful photo! Thanks for sharing with us! <3
    We have such an amazing creatures in this planet! *___*

  14. Marcio Bervique
    October 20, 2013

    Well spoken sir. I am an aspiring underwater photographer myself and a strong believer in respecting and saving our oceans for future generations.

  15. Joyce Booker
    October 20, 2013

    Wonder pictures of

  16. Meenakshie
    October 20, 2013


  17. vivi
    October 20, 2013

    such a beauty

  18. Dale Anne Carter
    October 20, 2013

    Beautiful photography and an inspiring message from Mr. Skerry.

  19. christine mersmann
    October 20, 2013

    Thank you for all of your wonderful work you have done. Thank you for sharing and for being you,

  20. Monika Weiss
    October 19, 2013

    Awesome & warms my heart!
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful pic!

  21. Travis
    October 19, 2013

    These pictures certainly capture the beauty of nature and the pristine icy coldness of the arctic. Fantastic pictures, love your work!

  22. Syth A.
    October 19, 2013

    pretty! 🙂

  23. SJ Braun
    October 19, 2013

    Tnx for showing us what we are missing – great great photo.

  24. Sanat Kumar Kar
    October 19, 2013

    A swimmer per excellence! Not scared of ice cold water. Thanks to the photographer for presenting us this nice picture.

  25. iqra
    October 19, 2013

    i am interested to see life under water….this image make me surprized… just saying SUBHANALLAH…

  26. Xonia Reinoso
    October 19, 2013

    Ojalá hubiera miles como el, que sabe entender y admirar la vida en el mar.

  27. Rainbow Chan
    October 19, 2013

    This is amazing, so pure, so natural.

  28. Ali bestawi
    October 19, 2013

    Great shot

  29. Rhianon
    October 19, 2013

    That face! Perfect photo!

  30. Blanca Pinon
    October 19, 2013

    sooo tender … a mil thanks in seeing that moment and sharing …

  31. Linda
    October 18, 2013

    These photos take my breath away. Thank you for being who you are and for your interest in these beautiful creatures if the sea.

  32. Stuart
    October 18, 2013

    Takes you away . . . Great shot !

  33. John Rodriguez
    October 18, 2013

    i love the photos they are beautiful I wish i had the the talent of you

  34. carlos jara garay
    October 18, 2013

    This morning, just as I woke up, I saw this beutiful picture, The tender lovely little face gave me a new breath of life, so cute little face, makes me see how wonderful are this amazing life which surround us with beauty and LOVE… EXCELLENT PICTURE, tender love of this Photographer. JUST AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL.

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