Jorge Cervera Hauser runs the Pelagic Fleet, an adventure travel company focused in unique open ocean expeditions, which owns the legendary liveaboard vessel SolmarV. He is a board member at Pelagic Life and producer of the documentary feature México Pelágico, available on Netflix. He is also a TEDx speaker and Discovery Channel ambassador in Latin America. Jorge is an accomplished underwater imagemaker who lives and works in big animal heaven. Mostly he shoots with a Nauticam housed Canon 1DX. Read more of our interview with Jorge and check out some of his incredible images below. We'll be featuring other members of the team here as well but you can also visit Pelagic Life to see more of their work.
Interview with Jorge Cervera Hauser
by Hergen Spalink
Can you tell us a bit about your background, and how you got started taking underwater photos/video?
My initial approach to the open ocean came through sport fishing. My grandfather used to run a taxidermy business in Mexico and used to sponsor the sport fishing tournaments of Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo. I would know all the game fish by heart, even though I wasn’t that keen into fishing myself. I decided to take up scuba diving, and after randomly seeing my very first shark in Belize in 2007, I fell in love with sharks and shark diving. The camera part came natural, I studied film and television, and always did photographic and cinematographic work for a living. I am fortunate to have a story about my photography on Wired Magazine.
What gear have you used in the past?
My first serious gear was a Canon 5DMKII in an Aquatica housing. Nauticam was just starting up and never released a housing for that particular camera.
What system are you using now? What do you like about it?
I have a Canon 1DX with a 14mm lens, Nauticam housing and a 9" Zen glass dome. What I love about Nauticam is how perfectly everything seals, you just feel super confident with your gear. I appreciate the quality of the materials as well, you can tell right away it’s not a cheap housing… and by cheap I’m not talking about price, but quality.
Tell us a bit about the kinds of diving you do, favorite locations, etc?
I love feediving in the open ocean and I love Baja. My passion is photographing big animals out in the open ocean. Just the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by the big blue is a huge reality check, and a humbling experience that makes you realize just how small and insignificant you really are. And for the camera, I’m in love with the speed and focus accuracy I get from the 1DX.
Thanks Jorge for sharing your story and your awesome images! We look forward to seeing more of your work and meeting the rest of the Pelagic Life Team!