I wanted to get into underwater photography for quite a long time. Towards the the end of 2010 I was asked by a friend what my New Years resolution was, and I said that I aimed to have some good housing for my camera by the end of 2011. My friend thought I had pretty low expectations, but that was my goal, and I achieved it!
Since then I've been lucky enough to take my gear below the seas of the Galapagos Islands, the Kimberley in Western Australia, and a bunch of places in New Zealand - including my favourite dive spot, the Poor Knights Marine Reserve.
Even though I've had quite a few shoots under the sea now, it's still such a different and difficult operation compared to shooting on land. Everything is different. The light, the distances, the subjects. You really do learn something new each dive, and I'm looking forward to getting better.
In the meantime, you can find a few of my attempts here. My favourite diving experience was definitely in the Galapagos in 2011. I was headed out to Kicker Rock, from San Cristobal, and as there were a few new divers, we needed to stop by a small island so that the newbies could get used to breathing underwater. I jumped in for a swim without my camera, but quickly headed back to the boat and grabbed it as there were a few Galapagos sea lions that were in a playful mood. It was such a cool experience to have a wild animal engage with you so directly, and this is why (so far) seals and sea lions are my favorite underwater companion.