captain darius

May 28, 2015 - single portrait

I usually don’t take a camera with me while diving. However, during the 4 days diving on the Seychelles, I had a bit of time during lunch. I went out for the first two dives of the day at 9am coming back for lunch and picking up more people for two more afternoon dives. Darius was the master of the boat and obviously the most important person on board. I have to say he did a very good job in spite of the wind and the waves. On a dive boat safety and security with divers jumping in and coming up all the time is key. The captain needs to steer the boat with care and be aware of everything going on in and around the boat to make the dive experience safe and enjoyable.

Darius is 22 and has been the captain on a dive boat for the past four years. He was born on the island Praslin which is even smaller than Mahe the main island of the Seychelles. He told me that his father spent most of his life on the water and that he more in life than the little dive boat. Darius just tried diving a couple of times but he would like to do it more often and take visitors down there to see the beautiful underwater world of the Seychelles.

I enjoyed diving in the Seychelles and being on the boat with Darius very much. He is a smart, funny and very reliable person. Actually most Seychelloise I meet during my stay were very friendly and reliable. When small timing problems occurred, they solved it very professionally even going out of their way to make the holiday experience a good one. I really enjoyed the positive attitude towards visitors.

› tags: 100strangers / africa / blackandwhite / diving / film photography / fuji gs645 / indian ocean / medium format / portrait / seychelles /


  1. Wonderful post, Ijon. I love that pose and a bright white smile on alsmost the silhouette of Darius !

  2. IjonTichy says:

    Thank’s Lena 🙂 I realized it’s not an easy task to photograph black people with harsh light and shadows. I guess his smile is the most prominent feature.

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