Passionate Marine Scientist ~ Underwater Cameraman & emerging Explorer.
I first picked up a camera and started snapping away at the age of 6.
I was bought one of those ‘slide and wind’ 110 film roll cameras with a simple red button to push by Kodak! A polaroid camera soon followed…
I must’ve been taught framing and composition from a ‘real early’ age!
At the age of 18 I managed to get a two month placement as part of my technical training in Science, located at the School of Ocean Sciences and part of University College North Wales, just off the coast of Anglesey, Menai Bridge. The school was renowned for being a “school of excellence”
I working within various labs, ranging from electronics, machinery, sedimentology, fisheries, aquaculture and also imaging. I liked the work within the cameralab and so spent much time learning about light and exposure, developing and fixing, dodging and burning ~ some great insight and luckily for me ~ at the expense of the lab!
Having spent so many years of my life in Wales, I applied further afield to study ~ and got accepted into Plymouth University…
I found myself enrolled on a Biological Imaging study class where I next “got to grips” with what was then considered state of the art technology…
We were taught the theory and practical aspect of Single Lens Reflex cameras (SLR’s) and how to use them for photographing subjects both within the laboratory and in the field. I remember time being spent in class studying ‘the light upon an apple’ and varying aperture to affect the depth of field…
Technology at the time remained expensive and priorities lay in acquiring drysuits and other bits of diving equipment for the ancillary studies in SCUBA course, that I’d successfully managed to get onto. Underwater Imaging still at that time remained exclusive and elite and rather too costly for your average student…
Gaining grounds in diving and good foundation from Plymouth ~ I later transferred studies back to Bangor University to enjoy some of the teachings of some of the best lecturers and lectures in Zoology and Marine Zoology the country has to offer.
Both the School of Biological Sciences and School of Ocean Sciences were and still are extremely highly regarded.
By this time I was shooting using an old Pentax Spotmatic but the nuances and frustrations of awaiting results from processing and the costs had me merely dabbling…
It wasn’t until the advent of “digital” that things seemed to really fire up my imaginations and become easier, more achievable and productive.
I took my first underwater images in 1998 using a borrowed Nikonos camera in Turkey and spent time working as an onboard guide and marine zoologist.
As the technologies have improved I’ve been shooting digital media format consistently for the past 7 years.
I hope you spend some time getting to appreciate some of my art on here which is all available for purchase and can be delivered direct to your door ~ for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.
If you have time to surf why not open up another page to view some of my conservation films that I have made… Here’s the link:
If you’d like to make a contribution to my work, you can do so by buying some of my redbubble artworks. Every little helps… ;-)
Marine Scientist Nick :-)