by Jason Kottke
February 07, 2019
Whales - The Ethereal Underwater vistas of an elite Freediving Team
One Breath Around the World is the latest aquatic spectacle from the
French freediving champion
Guillaume Néry, and his partner,
the French freediver, underwater filmmaker and dancer
Without the aid of
supplied air, Néry plunges into the ocean's hidden depths, revealing
remarkable views of marine geology and wildlife around the globe.
between a range of underwater realms (like
Yonaguni, at the beginning of the video), the video gives the impression
that Néry's journey is taken in a single breath.
With stunning camerawork
by Gautier, who also held her breath while filming, the duo prove
themselves expert explorers of not only water, but space and
perspective as well, making these grand underwater landscapes appear
I've followed the work of world champion free diver
Guillaume Néry for several years now and this video
might be his best one yet.
In it, he explores a
bunch of different waterscapes, floating and diving
and walking until you can't tell which way is up and
if he's actually in water or in outer space.
Also of note is that the video was filmed by free
diver Julie Gautier, who shot the entire thing while
holding her breath, a more difficult task than
Néry's. I'd like to see the making-of video for
Pro tip: remind yourself to breathe while you're
watching this. I found myself unconsciously holding
my breath, on and off, almost the entire time.
This great adventure was possible thanks to the
support of a great team:
Julie Gautier, my wife. One more time she did an AMAZING work. Everything
she is shooting with her camera become magic. Of
course, she shot as usual all the images on
Almo Film and his boss Morgan Le Faucheur
for his support as co producer of the project during
the post production process.
Ben Nardini, the
multi task guy: Editing, Sound design and drone
Guillaume Ferran, the magician behind the
Arthur Paux, as usual, who
made the beautiful color correction
Mercier added a great touch with the compositing and
Xavier Fulbert / Ideocast made the
Franck Seguin the fantastic photographer
who made a book edited by Glenat