I would like to start with a piece of information which is, to me, not negligible. I took the decision to enter this competition 10 days ago. A day after I took this decision, I fell sick. The gum around my wisdom teeth decided to express an ancient hidden haste against the rest of my jaw. I ended up at the emergency. There, I met a doctor, and not a dentist (since none was available). He did understand the cause of my pain but gave me a wrong antibiotic.
As a result, I spent the next 5 days taking useless pills which, one, were fighting against an inexistent bacteria, two, were giving me nausea, and dizziness, and three, were letting the infection spread around in my mouth. When I had enough of my guinea pig look, but also when water became hard to absorb, I ran around in town, checking in all the dentist, begging for an appointment or at list some advice.
After days of brush-off, I finally got accepted at some place, where I received a prescription for tablets that will actually treat me.
Here I am now. Since I have decided to enter the competition, this is the only day I feel good enough to think, write, and make a movie.
Now, talking about this movie. I went out this afternoon and in a few hours tried to have some nice shooting around Mount Maunganui, New Zealand, where I am at the moment. Conditions were not perfect. I wish I had some waves and clear water in order to film underwater and have some nice surfing moves on the camera. But nope. Still a beautiful day though. This is what I am showing. A nice afternoon. I can do better, I will do better. Anyway, it’s almost ready, I just need another hour. But my computer just do not want to be hurry up, and download what I have shot this afternoon.
The clock is ticking and I am tipping this letter as fast as I can. I am begging you for a chance. Please.
Diving is my life.
Aude BARTHES, 22, Divemaster. Born in Reunion Island. Has left school and started travelling to pursue her dream, becoming a dive professional. Although have been told many times she is too short and does not look strong ,will become a technical and a commercial diver to discover more about the underwater world ,and to prove everyone that diving is not about look, but understanding. Does cry when sees marine mammal, for unknown reason. Wears tee-shirt of causes she fights for, or of associations that support it. Member of WWF, Seashepherd, Stop Shark Finning, and more. Read National Geographic and Watch BBC Documentary since she is 3 years old. Ended up in a fight with a photographer when she was 8, the man just would not stop taking photos with flash at 3 cm of newborn turtles trying to reach the ocean. Keen photographer.