Photos by Pierre David
Words by Elisa Routa
Edits by PSQ
Panthalassa joined Oceana and their team of marine biologists on their first North Sea expedition. On board of the Neptune, they soon learned that the North Sea is no longer the paradise for whales, plankton and seabirds it used to be.
‘Into the North’ is a visual ode to the North Sea, to the men and women working under extreme conditions to study and protect our oceans. But most importantly, it’s about the very cause that is turning our seas into deserts: overfishing.
‘Shooting in the open sea is always a challenging experience. We faced severe climatic conditions,’ says creative director and Panthalassa founder Sergio Penzo. ‘We tried to stick to our storyboard, but sometimes we had the feeling that the weather was the real director calling the shots. We faced some of the most challenging weather conditions a filmmaker can experience, but that didn’t stop us from telling the story of these passionate individuals who work so hard to protect our oceans.’
Panthalassa – a collective of creatives based in Germany, Spain and France – is dedicated to discussing contemporary culture and our unique relationship with our oceans. For this project, they left with professional surfer Aritz Aramburu and Spanish model Almudena Fernandez, known for their commitment to environmental projects and dedication to eco-living. Striving to make the world a better place, the couple directed their environmental activism towards the problem of overfishing. ‘For the very first time in my life, I was shown the real face of the oceans,’ said Aranburu, realising the power that people have to stop this.
Special thanks to the Panthalassa society: