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Instants: Shades of Blue

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Chicago and New Orleans.

In our new series “Instants,” the Proof staff brings you a snapshot of recent dispatches from the @natgeo Instagram feed. Follow us to experience more from National Geographic on Instagram.

Over the past few weeks, a few of our photographers shared some beautiful images that just ooze vibrant blue hues.

Today we’re featuring the work of Andy Bardon, who is currently in French Polynesia documenting pearl farming, Matt Moyer, who recently was on a National Geographic Photo Camp expedition in Juba, Sudan photographing boxing, Danny Wilcox Frazier, who shared a shot from his work in the Midwest U.S., and Tyrone Turner, who has been working on a long-term project in New Orleans.

Soak up the blue.

Tahitian pearl farmer Laurent Boullay dives down to retrieve a basket of pearl oysters on the Kamoka pearl farm. A deep breath of air is required and watching these pearl farmers work underwater without dive tanks is humbling to say the least. In the way Kamoka works, culturing pearls can have a positive impact on lagoon ecology by restoring depleted fish populations and serving as a protected area to all ocean inhabitants.  —Andy Bardon

Weightlifter. Juba, South Sudan. —Matt Moyer

This bit of nature in an urban scene welcomed me at the South Loop parking lot I often use when working in Chicago. I spent today photographing in Chicago’s financial district on a sun-soaked October day. —Danny Wilcox Frazier

Moose artwork by Jacob Watts.

Canal Street portrait on a sunny day at the edge of the New Orleans French Quarter. —Tyrone Turner


Life on the Kamoka pearl farm in French Polynesia is dictated by Mother Nature. You rise well before the sun and rarely stay up much past sundown. The wind impacts what work you choose to do, and you always know whether the ocean’s tide is ebbing or flowing. With open seas on all horizons, your nights are bathed in stars and the moon is easy to predict in its waxing or waning. —Andy Bardon


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