What has inspired me to spend as much of my life as possible jumping into the ocean to take pictures? I guess I’d have to say the ocean itself and my love of it. I have always loved to be in the water, but in my twenties I learned to scuba dive and discovered what is was like to be under the water – and then I loved it even more. I would discover something new on every dive. I immediately wanted to share all the cool things I saw. ...Read More
On one of my very dives at LaJolla Shores in California, I did the sideways shuffle through the surf, dove in head first and immediately came face to face with a large Broomtail Grouper. It was probably only about four feet long, but it seemed really enormous to me. I didn’t realize how rare that sighting was. Spearfishing was a big deal back then and the large fish were harder and harder to find. Then I discovered Abalone. An abalone is a large marine mollusk with a large outer shell on top and a large foot that fills the entire bottom. A legal sized abalone yields about a pound of meat that is considered a delicacy and very expensive to buy – about $25 a pound in the eighties. I soon discovered that a local seafood shop would trade me any other seafood for live abalone and that became a weekend obsession. The limit on abalone at the time was 9, and soon, my brother and I were taking 36 abalone nearly every weekend and filling our freezers with seafood. There’s more to this story, but as time went on we help the population of divers and commercial fisherman deplete the abalone population in Saouthern California. The balance of nature was upset and sea urchins moved in to take over the reefs. The limit on abalone was reduced as the population declined – to 6, then 4, then 2. Finally a moratorium was declared. The abalone population has not increased substancially to this day. It’s hard for me now to think back on those “good times”. I eventually started shooting fish with a camera instead, and now I strive to make a difference in how people view our incredibly diverse but fragile sea.
I realized that most people never have the opportunity to see the real beauty of the ocean and as a result, they can never fully appreciate or understand the wonder of this essential part of our environment, which occupies two-thirds of the Earth’s surface. I wanted to help change that.
I spent years just learning to capture well exposed images on film, and then I worked for many more years to develop new ways to see farther than my camera could when I am close enough to see the the real colors of the reef. Now, I capture wide landscape views of coral reefs and underwater environments that allow you to see the spectacular colors and intricate details that I see up close.
Since then, I’ve completed numerous projects and have created many fine art pieces this way, frame by frame, I connect and manually stitch dozens or hundreds of images together in a process that cannot be rushed or automated. Digital cameras have dramatically improved the quality, and now save me from doing countless film scans, but the post-processing of these images still must be done by meticulously stitching each frame by hand. Projects can take several weeks, or even months to produce.
My goal is to increase public awareness by providing the most vivid images technologically available. Then, anyone can make a connection with the beauty and wonder that lies beneath the surface of the sea. My hope is that if more people can make this connection, they will grow to love the ocean as I do, and instinctively want to protect it and contribute to its conservation.
Each print is a limited edition – entirely hand-made and hand-signed by the artist. In short, these are the highest quality archival prints that I know how to make, designed to last a lifetime. All of the prints are Giclées, printed on PET gloss film for the highest imaging quality using wide gamut archival inks, which are rated for more than 130 years of indoor life. Teach print is mounted on a 1/8” thick sheet of Aluminum composite, and backed with an elegant satin Aluminum square tube frame that is recessed 3-5” inches (depending on the print size), so that the sheet appears to float in air one inch off the wall.
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