Since he was a child, photographer Euan Rannachan has been fascinated with sharks. Now he uses his camera talents to demonstrate the apex predators’ might and majesty. While Rannachan has spent numerous hours diving with sharks it was on a recent trip to Guadalupe Island in Mexico that he captured the photograph of a lifetime. Rannachan photographed a great white shark assuming a classic position while only 35 feet away in the safety of a shark cage. Any fan of the 1975 film Jaws will see how closely his photo resembles the classic cover art from the film.
Roger Kastel who based his work on a taxidermy shark, created the iconic Jaws painting. It’s become one of the most well-known movie posters over the years. Being able to take a snapshot that resembles the iconic image is a dream come true for Rannachan.
“This is a photo that a lot of my shark friends including myself, have been trying to take for years,” Rannachan explained to an online web. “I had a feeling I had it but things happen so fast down there really all I could do was get ready for the next pass if there are going to be one. It was not till much later that night when I was backing up footage that I saw I had it—and most importantly it was in focus.”
Given how popular Jaws is, it’s no surprise that Rannachan’s shot sparked a lot of interest. With all of the attention, the photographer has been able to share his passion for these wonderful animals with a larger audience. He hopes that by doing so people will learn that they aren’t the nasty animals that they are frequently depicted as.
“I believe what fascinates me the most is how powerful [and] accurate they can be while remaining absolutely under control. It’s incredible to see a 3,000-pound animal approach its objective, flick its tail, speed, and then spin on a dime as if nothing happened.”
Euan Rannachan’s painting of a big white shark is reminiscent of Roger Kastel’s iconic painting for Jaws.
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From the protection of a cage, Rannachan was able to get up and personal with the great white shark.
Take a look at some of the other amazing shark photographs he captured during his trip.