Looking for the Perfect Cenote for a photo shoot, I have found photos that are beautiful. The tranquility that they transmit to us and the desire they give us to be in that same place it is unique.
But do we ever think about all the effort behind them?
We will probably say: “Wow, what a good photographer”, and it seems simple to us. But now I can assure you that getting a good photo is much more than just that.
Today I want to share a bit of the experience I had with the La Galerie MalixArt team and Joram Mennes. Join me and discover everything about cenote photography.
The first reason why I consider this a new experience is because of the type of photography: underwater photography, in the cenotes of Yucatán.
Being there let me see that this process is not just entering a cenote, that the model gets into the water and takes the photo.
To begin with, finding the right space, a cenote in this case, was a long journey. Actually, here in Yucatan there are so many cenotes that finding the ideal one can be a bit tricky.
In many municipalities we find cenotes, with totally different characteristics. Some are cave-like, others are open, some more natural light enters and others are practically dark.
Looking for the perfect cenote by road …
We traveled several kilometers by road leaving Mérida …
Access to that cenote is extreme, since the road, in addition to being long, is through the jungle. This is how the local fauna welcomed us and then we managed to reach the longed-for cenote.
The necessary material to do a photographic session in the cenote
In addition to the variety of cenotes that exist in Yucatan, I must mention that there are several factors that we depend on to obtain the desired photograph.
Now they are probably thinking something like “How much equipment would you need? What drama! ”. It is not only the camera, it is also the equipment that is behind the lighting, because although light enters the surface of some cenotes, as soon as you go down a little it fades, until it passes into the dark and deep part of these wonderful sites.
We found that this cenote was not suitable for what we were looking for, however, we added it to the list of cenotes to dive.
After we managed to get out of this adventure, we undertook the next one and traveled for another 15 minutes until we reached Abalá, another municipality in our state where we can find these wonderful bodies of water.
Explore cenotes on my own?
The easiest way to get to the cenotes is with the support of the local guides of each municipality.
We are definitely grateful to Abel, who had to put up with us for about five hours, as we toured many bodies of water trying to find the right one for the photograph that Joram had in mind.
After a few minutes, we managed to reach the Chihuo-Hol cenote.
By this time, our body was crying out for a dip, so we decided to go in and enjoy this beautiful cenote for a few minutes.
The reality is that, by this point, you had fully understood everything that needs to be done. Finding the Perfect Cenote for a photo shoot is not that easy.
Finally, after a day of approximately six hours, we left without the desired photo. What if we had prepared a list of pending cenotes to dive. The experience of getting to know these wonderful places was fun and we enjoyed every place we visited.
Xiimbalil Ja ’Festival
Xiimbalil Ja ’is an annual festival in Yucatán, derived from the photos of Joram Mennes. “Paseo en Agua” seeks to provide, through underwater photos of Cenotes, a better knowledge about them. All this in his call to protect the Yucatán aquifer – Unique in the world.
In 2021, the photos will be exhibited on Paseo Reforma, in October. This will be done between the Angel of Independence and Diana.
In 2020, we had the pleasure of exhibiting in the convent of San Antonio de Padua de Izamal, Cholul-Mérida. It was also possible to exhibit at Paparazzi in Valladolid, where a cycle of talks by speakers was made to share and disseminate problems and solutions about the conversation of the cenotes. A sample was also present in Cenotillo Yucatán, on the fringes of the Freediving World Record of Alejandro Lemus – The deepest Mexican in the World.