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LEIGH BISHOP

Leigh Bishop - World Renowned Deep Wreck Photographer

Specializing in the field of deep shipwreck exploration and still underwater photography, professional diver Leigh Bishop is regarded by many as a leader in shipwreck photography and educational documentation. Examples of his photography can be seen on this website and clearly dictate his active roll in wreck exploration over the last two decades. As an internationally renowned deep shipwreck explorer and a fellow member of the 'Explorers Club' he has been involved in many notable and pioneering shipwreck photography and preservation expeditions from famous Ocean liners to sensitive War losses as well as deep historically important sites of archaeological interest.

Leigh Bishop has worked closely with government departments and has published hundreds of periodicals and photographs on the subject of shipwrecks globally. Leigh Bishop continues to lecture on the subject around the world ( presentation listings click here). Leigh Bishop’s research into the archives has led to the identification of many dozens of previously unknown shipwrecks around the British Isles. Leigh Bishop has a close relationship with the UK customs and Excise receiver of wreck government departments and has worked with teams to legally recover artifacts that can now be seen on display in maritime museums.

Leigh has also worked on consultancy for several television documentary's and has been involved in the commissioning of documentary's shown on several major network channels.

During several expeditions to the Lusitania he has accumulated almost ten hours physically on the wreck building the most extensive collection of images of the wreck to date. He has photographed the liner Transylvania sunk in 135m/445ft in the north Atlantic. During 2001 along with fellow members of the internationally renowned deep wreck diving team 'Starfish Enterprise' he brought back the first images of the lost gold treasure shipwreck 'SS Egypt' sunk in deep water off the edge of Biscay (Western Atlantic).

Again in 2001 Leigh Bishop made the discovery of the famous shipwreck Flying Enterprise lost in 1952. In his opinion we are currently in the golden age of shipwreck exploration and even after a decade of specialized deep exploration himself, he alone believes his has only just scraped the surface of what's to come. In order to overcome depth and gas logistics of deep exploration he utilizes closed circuit technology to explore deeper shipwrecks year upon year. Together with the team he has documented for the first time countless shipwrecks through collective time capsulated periods. Established, as the team's main researcher Leigh had been responsible for much of the location work during their successful career throughout the decade of the 1990's.

His images have been published within dozens of shipwreck books worldwide although his photographic and research efforts are now focused more towards his own personal projects. Nikon and Aquatica photographic equipment are the workhorse behind Leigh's shipwreck images, which today evolve more towards ambient light monochrome. As he describes every photographer eventually finds their creative inner-self, capturing classic shipwrecks on monochrome film using natural light and long exposures with a tripod is something special.

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