Reef Ecoimages is the photographic portfolio for Dr Andy Lewis of the Coral Sea Foundation. Dr Andy lives on Magnetic Island just off the tropical coast of North Queensland, Australia. Andy wears many hats – coral reef ecologist, photographer, musician, teacher, father, waterman – but the ocean has always been a central pillar in his life. Dr Andy’s work takes him all over the Great Barrier Reef and the Indo-Pacific, and his goal is to capture some of the essence of those places with the camera. Human beings have a natural instinct to preserve that which is considered beautiful and sacred, and his hope is that the beauty of the ocean that he captures with the camera will inspire people to be proactive in the conservation of coral reefs.

Dr Andy strives to work with natural light underwater as much as possible, mainly because this is what we see when we are in the ocean, and also because this is where much of the true natural beauty lies. Light creates such amazing patterns of form, shadow, depth, and illumination when it penetrates the sea, and this is what Andy attempts to bring to the viewer through his images. Andy does most of my work while free diving, as he enjoys the freedom of swimming without tanks and paraphernalia, and there is also that special “zen” moment that comes when an image is captured while the breath is still …….

  • Joined: February 2009
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