Always look up!
I chose to share this image today, because things are tough for us all right now for so many reasons. Things are unpredictable and we as a worldwide community, are going through something we never have before.
Yet today, I am choosing to keep my head up and look at the bright side.
Every year I set goals for myself. One of my biggest goals of 2020 was to be published. It’s been a dream of mine since I first picked up a disposable camera, to my old Nikon film cameras, to large format film cameras in college to my digital camera now. After countless hours sitting in dark rooms, napping on a stool and shelf, crying when things didn’t turn out.
Today I was published. I was contacted about my work and was told that they wanted to write about my connection with sharks. I was assured that my images wouldn’t be used to demonize sharks - which was important to me. I was excited just at the thought that people all over the world MAY get to see my images and maybe share my love for sharks, just a bit.
This story was shared with the talented @harrystone_photo
- split between his work with white sharks and my work with other pelagic species. It was a well written article with a collection of my images in The Sun.
I was so proud to share this with friends, family, dive family and anyone who felt down in quarantine and wanted to read anything that was positive.
Then late last night, I was sent my article in The Times. It was a large photo with a small caption crediting me on the first page of this prestigious paper; right beside Joe Biden’s name. (Lol). I have only been seriously working on my underwater photography for 2 years and to achieve this massive milestone at all, let alone in such massive publications is something I am humbled by and oh so proud.
Thank you to everyone who’s ever passed me my fins, turned on my air, retrieved a lost weight pouch, or stayed in the water with me until they had to buddy breathe off my octo. I am forever grateful for everyone who’s supported me and helped me along the way-the best is yet to come.
I miss the Ocean. I miss Sharks. I miss my dive buddies and I miss my Family at Blue Ocean Dive Resort.