Photographer: Fabrice Jaine
Caption: Protected Marine Areas such as Lady Elliot Island in the southern Great Barrier Reef not only boast high marine biodiversity but also provide ideal ‘stopovers’ for highly mobile pelagic marine species such as manta rays. On this crisp winter morning, my dive buddy Chris and I entered the waters off Lady Elliot Island to monitor this vibrant reef. We were rewarded with the most incredible underwater encounter one could ever experience – a large female manta that was so inquisitive she came to greet Chris so close he could see inside her mouth! One second she was here interacting with us, the next she had vanished with a graceful wave, leaving us only this photograph and a memory of a lifetime. Manta rays are globally classified as vulnerable to extinction due to a high demand for their gills in traditional Chinese medicine. To date, the only way to fight this phenomenon is to turn local fishing communities into caring for these animals and promote sustainable manta ray tourism.
About the printing process: Every one of these images is precious to Fabrice, and therefore when purchasing one of Fabrice's prints you can expect meticulous attention to detail. Each print will be treated with the utmost care, delicately handled and securely packaged to ensure it arrives safely into your hands and will be proudly displayed in your home or office! Images are printed with the finest printers, papers and materials to ensure superior quality and a final product that is rich in detail, depth and colour.
Various print options are available for each photograph:
- Art Paper: Fabrice typically prints on Ilford Galerie Premium Papers, which include Gold Fiber Silk, Textured Cotton Rag, Smooth Pearl or Metallic Gloss papers. Since each photograph is unique in its tonal range and mood, each print may require a specific paper/texture to truly express its full potential. Fabrice likes to decide on paper choice during the printing process to ensure high output quality, however if you wish to specifically request one of the papers mentioned above, please contact Fabrice after your have placed your order to discuss your needs.
- Acrylic mounted prints: Acrylic mounted prints are modern prints where the printed photograph is mounted behind a 5mm optical grade and UV protective clear acrylic layer. The resulting product is a breathtaking print that will make an impact on any audience, with remarkable depth and brilliance, and ready to be hung on your wall for a modern look. Since acrylic mounting requires additional and precise work for optimal output quality, it may take up to 2 weeks for your acrylic print to be delivered. Also, a $50 fee is included in the price to cover packaging needs.
For specific enquiries or custom sizes, please contact Fabrice directly.