Media - Photography
Phone - 011 807 8920
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Website - www.woodburnphoto.co.za
I have been image making since my schooldays. My first SLR camera was partly funded by myself, while the rest was provided as a birthday present from my parents. I became an accomplished darkroom technician at school exploring both B&W prints as well as colour transparency. Unfortunately photography took a back seat while I studied for my BSc Chemical Engineering.
Taking advice from my father, I started to get back into photography in my late twenties and used the opportunity to blend my passion for scuba diving with raw forays into underwater photography primarily led by reading basic guidebooks.
After 11 years of scuba diving and achieving Dive Master status there was a decision to be taken. Having dived most commercial dive sites in South Africa many times there were three futures which needed to be selected from. Technical diving, underwater photography or a gradual decline to infrequent pleasure diving. I chose underwater photography and expanded into taking photos of what I saw underwater to others. The whole spectrum of creatures and water's unique effects with light, allow magical photographs to be captured in the last frontier on the planet, the oceans. I enjoy pushing the limits with models, activities and special effects.
I have specialized in wide angle imagery after seeing that most underwater photographers were developing skills in macro based imagery. I have identified unique and specialized species and places around South Africa, and more recently around the world to find and interact with big animals. Sharks, whales, and people in water are the current flavour for the basis of my work. My relationship with Clara has also lead to new interests in photographing people and yoga in unique settings to inspire a connection between man and the planet.
I explore photography of extreme sports and places, rock climbing and travel photography as well as dabbling in wildlife photography from time to time. My active participation across many activities allow me to catch imagery in an engaging and unique manner. Free diving, scuba diving, mountain biking and road cycling are some of my passions, just a pity that time is the limiting factor. I have been rock climbing since 1989 when I was attending WITS University in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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