Just returned from exploring a different kind of world - the landscapes, wildlife and stories of South Africa. I feel beyond fortunate to have had the opportunity to experience and document this stunning part of the world. I cannot wait to share more 🖤Thank you @olympus_au and everyone who made this journey so special #olympusinspired#nature#landscape#southafrica#africa#omdem1markii
A few months ago I got to join a team of scientists from @utsscience University of Technology Sydney Future Reefs Program and document a truly unique story for @natgeo - One of the first ever transplantation projects on the Great Barrier Reef. Personally, this project provided me with a startling insight into the harsh reality of climate change. On November 28th a report released by the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) came to a conclusion that human intervention is needed to ensure the persistence of the world’s coral reefs - this also includes one of the most biodiverse places on this planet - The Great Barrier Reef. Follow the link in my bio to learn more. Thank you so much to everyone who made this project a possibility, @jehanjillani for your guidance and the Future Reefs team for allowing me to document their incredible work.🙏 #climatechange#reef#thegreatbarrierreef#nature#australia#ocean#underwater#underwaterphotography#naturelovestories#olympusinspired#nationalgeographic
I often get asked if I am a good swimmer - in all honesty I spent most of my teens allergic to the ocean. Growing up my water experiences haven't been particularly positive, and it wasn't until 2008 when I decided to get certified as a scuba diver my interest ignited. I continually have to practice and train for my projects just like I do with photography - both above and below water. 😌💫 The beautiful thing about being a human is that we have this incredible ability to continually learn new skills - no matter what our starting point is our minds are always able to squeeze in something new. I have spent the last 4 days testing my squishy curious brain learning new things - some I hope I never have to use. I feel so fortunate I have been able to learn from so many passionate peolple 🧠🧠🧠 For anyone interested more about the training I have been doing head to *training highlights* on my Instagram and join one of my upcoming workshops 💫💙 Next workshop runs in Melbourne December 1st - link in bio !
Thank you @underwaterlili for theunderwater skills , Thank you for the photos @angelgrimaldiphotography who was my training buddy for the stress & rescue workshop & thank you @iamlaurawells & Jesse from Safe Response for spending your Sunday teaching me how to assess and respond in stressful scenarios 🙌
Everyone's creative process varies depending on the way we like to use our minds - for me mental and physical preparation is key. I need my equipment to feel like an extension of my body whenever I enter a new environment. We may have a dream project that we might wait years and years to embark on, we may have a shot list in our mind of what we might like to achieve and daydream about beautiful days out in the wilderness - however when it comes to working with nature there are zero guarantees - from personal experience 9/10 times we will arrive to our dream location and there will be an seasonal wild weather system, the visibility will be -10 and we will somehow manage to grow a brand new ecosystem on our body courtesy of a wet wetsuit. So in summary - absolutely nothing will go to plan. 😁 However this is exactly when all the hard work and preparation will come to play 🙏