Australian sea lions are some of the most inquisitive and intelligent creatures I have ever had the privilidge to share the ocean with. It is hard to believe that there may only be about 12 000 left in the wild. They are the rarest of the seal species in Australian waters and amongst the rarest in the world. They have very unique breeding habits with mothers returning to their place of birth to give birth making generations of sea lions and their babies extremely reliant on a healthy ecosystem of their birth place #nature#wildlife#ocean#australiansealion #protectwhatyoulove #australia #southaustralia#underwater #ocean #olympusinspired@olympus_au
Today the incredible @EmmaWatson is curating the @natgeo Instagram in honour of International Women’s Day featuring emerging National Geographic photographers. I am so so humbled to have been chosen 💙
The image chosen is one of my favourite ocean moments - a playful juvenile humpback whale that was breaching just a few metres away from us. It is one of the most incredible displays of playfulness and joy I have ever witnessed. Young calves are often seen breaching and displaying similar behaviours to their mums. They play and imitate their mothers while they learn how to navigate the ocean — this learning process is crucial for their survival.
On International Women’s Day, I am grateful to all the women in my life that I have had the opportunity to learn from - from the women in my family, my mum for being able to juggle two crazy twins, my sister for her resilience, the incredible women who have paved their own way and provided guidance for people like me and my beautiful nurturing friends in Australia who are changing the world with one less single use plastic at a time!!! I look up to all of you. Thank you 💙
I often receive very kind words and questions about how to become an underwater photographer - I often want to say “I honestly don’t know“ - my journey has been such a whirlwind of events it’s hard to point to a specific path.
All I can really do is share my own challenges and perhaps you will find moments in my journey that might help. On social media we often see the final product - what we don’t get to see is the years of doubt, failures, tears and the tremendous amount of fear that come with this kind of work.
Over the years I feel like I have gotten incredibly good at face planting and being stubborn enough to try again.
I have never been a good swimmer, I get seasick from looking at seaweed and I wear thermals in summer - given my predicaments I wasn’t exactly a natural candidate for underwater photography.
But - I cannot let go of the incredible all-encompassing feeling I get when I am underwater- it unlocks something in me I have never been able to replicate anywhere else.
For most of my life, I have been told that I won’t make it as a photographer, consistently questioned and told I was too sickly to venture into certain environments. (yay!) But I have also had a strong core of caring people that have challenged me and lifted me up when needed - This has been key. I have spent years developing my personal work - and learning new skills, taking swimming, free diving and scuba lessons, learning how to keep on trying.
From what I have learned so far - nothing goes to plan - nature and environment has a way of magically imploding every single time in the most spectacular way creating moments that I like to call beautiful accidents. So, to be transparent I have included a few very honest videos and photos for you to scroll through for your own enjoyment. 😬😂 In summary - even if throughout the process I lose a couple of toenails (they grow back) and I get so seasick that I projectile vomit tomato through my nose (true story) - for as long as I can use my eyeballs I will continue to create work that allows me to experience those magical moments - however fleeting they may be. 😌 #underwaterphotography#photography#nature#ocean