I started life as a scientist, graduating from Worcester College, Oxford University, with a degree in Biology. However, labs and libraries soon lost their appeal and since finishing my degree in 1993, I have been heavily involved in both photography and the environment. I acted as Science Officer for a reef-survey expedition to Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, in 1994, before joining Science Photo Library as a Picture Researcher. In 1996 I worked for one year as a dive guide on the remarkable island of Sipadan in the Celebes Sea, where I finally realised that life in the UK was no longer for me. After a short stint back in the UK with Corbis as a Picture Researcher in 1997, I returned to Sabah and the island of Mabul to work as a Photopro with Scubazoo, SE Asia’s leading underwater imaging company.
I have had articles published in Asian Geographic, Asian Diver, Scuba Diver Australasia, FiNS Magazine and Scuba Globe, and photo credits in a huge variety of publications through my stock agent in the UK, Science Photo Library. I also wrote and provided images for three books with Scubazoo – ‘Sipadan, Mabul, Kapalai – Sabah’s Underwater Treasure’ by Natural History Publications, ‘Reef’ by Dorling Kindersley and ‘The Green Heart of Sabah’ for the Sabah Forestry Department – and was commissioned to shoot for two other books published by Dorling Kindersley – ‘Go Dive’ and ‘Go Surf’. During my time in Sabah, I also worked as a cameraman on the first UK ‘Survivor’ show and Channel 5’s ‘Killer Shark Live’, and acted as location manager/fixer for productions including ‘Life in the Undergrowth’, ‘The Jeff Corwin Experience’ and ‘Austin Stevens – Snake Master’.
After 10 years in Sabah, I decided to take the plunge once again – as a freelance photographer, based in both Indonesia and the UK. I am currently focused on building up a business in Bali, Indonesia, focusing on both editorial and commercial photography. My personal photographic goals revolve around documenting the work of NGO’s, charities and other organisations working to conserve the environment, endangered species and disappearing cultures.