Many of the articles that Leigh Bishop has written can be found
on this website or
a direct link to them can be found where they sit on another server.
Othree sponsors to Leigh Bishop enjoy their
first Irish front cover as diver Gordon Henderson decompresses
from a dive to RMS Lusitania from the 2000 project.
Photo by Leigh Bishop
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As a photographer and writer on the specialized subject
of deep wrecks Leigh Bishop today
exclusively writes for both DIVER & 990 UK based publications.
As a regular contributor to both publications that opened
their eyes to an emerging image maker at an early opportunity,
Leigh's work can be clearly seen as beyond the limits of
day to day recreational scuba. Capturing an exclusive section
of the market in today's world is a task in itself however
the benefit's are obvious to those who follow the headline
explorers to bring back the images.
Since 1994 Leigh Bishops articles have appeared in magazines
globally through the UK, Ireland Germany and the US. His
images have been sourced by Picture researchers for integrity
to newspaper articles on specific shipwrecks and in his
own words describes his work as having only just begun.
As well as magazines and newspaper he has more recently
concentrated on hardback publications in which dozens of
rare images of shipwrecks such as the Lusitania and Titanics
bigger sister ship Britannic have been used. More recently
along with his images comprehensive text has been taken
from his detailed logs of shipwrecks for Hard back publication
where his research and detail of sunken shipwrecks displays
his knowledge of the subject.
" I have some great backing by several key industry
sponsors, when I shoot 35mm I am always looking for that
exclusive logo in the frame"
Leigh Bishop Lusitania 2001 expedition
Report kind permission of Bob Sturgess
Media research Ltd
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found on this site why not contact Leigh Bishop
A selection of THE 14 cover images that Leigh Bishop has supplied
From Left to right;
1:- The magazine of the British Society of Underwater Photographers.
2:- Lusitania 1999 expedition 990 publication
3:- Ocean liner Justicia 990 publication click
to see Justicia bow.
4:- Anchor of deep archaeological Channel wreck 990 publication.
5:- Leading world cave diver Rick Stanton. The first 990 to sell
click any image to go direct to the 990 website
The origins of Deep Image Publication
Submitting hand written articles can be classed as a thing of
the past but that's exactly what I did when I first started writing.
At the time back in winter 1993/4 I did not own a computer and
was rather embarrassed when the publisher asked what format my
material would be presented on. My first magazine article was
on the subject of accelerated air decompression inspired by ongoing
myths of Nitrox diving at the time. Boosting decompression from
deep air dives with Nitrox was a concept utilized by a small community
of Deepwreckers and CDG members. Nitrox was just filtering through
into the UK from the US at the time and its use had not yet been
accepted by major diving bodies. At the time I was in Orkney with
Rob Palmer, John Thornton and Pete Ready testing Pete's new Prism
rebreather. We were collecting sponges for some guy called Brad
from a US Pharmaceutical company. Still to this day its a mystery
as John said why we had to use the rigs to sneak up on the sponges.
I had forgotten about the article I had written until I saw the
scrunched up sheets at the bottom of my bag. Palmer thought the
text was up to scratch and did the kind honors of typing it into
something called a laptop for me then singing my praises to some
editor. After that I continued to knock out some articles on the
emerging practices of what was being dubbed by Michael Menduno
as Technical diving. The following summer I met up with Simon
Tapson and saw some of his images at the San Francisco Tech conference
he had taken actually on the wreck of Lusitania itself at a depth
of 300ft. To me that was where it was at and we both agreed that
it would be cool to bring images back from shipwrecks beyond the
330ft/100m mark. I talked cameras and shooting images with Simon
for some time after that but walking the walk would take a back
seat as we became engrossed in exploring virgin wrecks in the
English Channel. After the King Edward V11 explorations I can
returned home empty with he fact that the expedition achieved
nothing on the underwater imaging front. No one could have blamed
us as it was difficult back then to muscle up a team of UK explorers
capable of making exploratory 330ft + dives let alone one that
could have brought the images back. From that day onwards I stepped
back and vowed never to write a feature about a shipwreck without
sufficient images. Personally I would not take a wreck article
serious unless there was quality underwater images of the wreck
itself, filling gaps of some wreck dive in a magazine with images
of people decompressing because you have no ability to get off
your arse and make the effort to bring home the images is an embarrassing
easy way out used by many publicity seekers. During late 2003
Leigh Bishop left the team Starfish Enterprise to pursue a independent
photographic carrear.The rest is history, I hope you enjoy the
images as much as I enjoy bring them home so you can also enjoy
them with me.
Leigh Bishop Nov 2002.
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