“I fell in love with underwater photography because of its essence, difficulty and pure rawness, which allows the photographer the freedom to paint his canvas and create fine art that tells a story. Underwater photography is most probably the truest form of wildlife photography that any photographer can experience. The underwater photographer is extremely limited by equipment and fully exposed to nature and its elements in every conceivable way, no hides, 4×4’s, barriers etc.
Just imagine walking around a game reserve amongst lions, leopard, wild dogs, elephant, buffalo and rhino with the normal non-threatening buck, bush pigs etc. around you. Only a raw nervous energy that heightens your senses, stirs your emotions and enhances your creativity. You have the freedom to photograph these awesome animals, and of course, totally rely on the fact that they are not planning to eat you, well that is UWP and why I find this genre of photography most appealing.
The studio is a moving, changing and an all-encompassing live canvas. It has texture and substance that can be touched and felt, very unlike air. The medium constantly changing and it has many limitations e.g. time, movement, density, light etc. making it a very demanding, yet stimulating to work in, taking it to the next level is a constant goal and I love the challenge to “get the shot”!
I try my best to highlight the beauty of the ocean and the need for its conservation by using the skills I have – photography, to show the animals that people fear and kill in a different light, to create beauty, to create compassion and more importantly to show human interaction with these magnificent animals so that there is a sense of connection by the viewer.
Essentially, I am a photographer with a passion and I take any and every moment I can to do any kind of photography given the opportunity.”