The Black Sea is a low salt water basin with constraint outflow never the less collecting every drop of rain falling from Vienna to the Caucasus mountains through the majestic rivers of Danube, Kızılırmak, Dnipro, Dniester and Don. Populated from ancient times, the sea incorporates the legends of the origin of man and the great flood. For a period of time Black Sea was the center of the world when Constantinople is the largest, richest and most developed city on earth. At the end of the thirteenth century, returning from the court of the Mongol emperor Kublai Khan, Marco Polo crossed the Black Sea on the way to Constantinople. Later, in his book Marco Polo's Travels, he writes that the sea is so familiar that it is needless to be described, as everyone who visits and sails on it every day - Venetians, Genoese, Pisa citizens, and many others know what they can find there. The Black Sea declined during the Middle Ages when it became an inland sea and the Straits closed for political reasons.
Since then, it has fallen into oblivion and incomprehension subjected to cruel attitudes by the people surrounding it and so to the last few years, when the consciousness of the need for preservation and the love of it begins to prevail.
Its azure waters do not know the imaginary lines and boundaries that are drawn by us, they feed the fishermen on all sides, its white sand attracts tourists, thousands of ships sail on its seas, and its depths because of its chemical characteristics, which do not allow the decay of wood are the largest preserved museum of ancient civilizations. The duty of all peoples inhabiting the shores of the Black Sea and brotherly sharing its vital resources is to protect and love its water expanse, to endeavor to convey these feelings to the succeeding generations.
The abundance of life in the shallow parts of the Black Sea remains little known to the general public. The Black Sea Portraits presents a small part of its tiny inhabitants through a new prism and helps break the stereotype of a dead sea no one is interested in.
For years, through his photographs and lectures Mihail Zaimov has been fighting to familiarize to his wide audience the Black Sea and its inhabitants.