As far back as I can remember I have always wanted to explore our vast oceans. This however only became a reality for me in 2000 when I did my open water course and first sea dive.
From that very moment the oceans became a very big passion of mine. I loved everything about it and within it. The more I experienced the more I wanted to dive. Over the next few years I tried to dive as much as possible along the South African coast and in Mozambique. Since then I have travelled to Bali, Wakatobi, Lembeh, Sipadan, Northern and Southern Red Sea just to name few.
It was in 2004 that I got to take my first camera underwater. It was a Sony digital point and shoot with very limiting functions. These limiting factors turned into frustration as I was not getting the results I wanted. Within the year I then joined the Gauteng Underwater Photographic Society (GUPS) and was convinced to start out with a Sea & Sea motormarine II. This camera would form the foundation for my future underwater photography. I progressed to a SLR and then to a housed DSLR camera which I currently use.
Underwater photography was the next logical step for me with diving. My objective was to showcase what we few get to experience underwater to my friends, family and anybody else who I could share my images with. I wanted to share the beauty, the majesty and the unknown to everybody.
My passion for the ocean and underwater photography led to discussions with Cormac and finally to the establishment of African Diver magazine. Both Cormac and myself wanted to give exposure to diving in Africa. We both believe that we have some of the best diving there is to offer. The sardine run, shark diving, Manta rays and even Coelacanths are but a few of what you can experience on the African coast.
I have a number of hopes for African Diver. Firstly to grow our reader base and to provide compelling content but at the same time create awareness on the conservation side. My dream for myself would be to quit my job and work with Cormac full-time on the magazine.