So many beautiful ocean images to share but the reality of our impact is everywhere around the world. (Ben Hicks)
This image immediately brought upon a lot of emotions. I have photographed sea turtles for 10 years and have never seen that happen. Heartbreaking for sure but also quickly realising the importance of capturing and sharing the experience with the world. I was fortunate to reach a lot of people with the image and story via the Discovery Channel last month. (Ben Hicks)
I am a photographer based in Boca Raton, Florida and I have Been shooting for about 17 years. My work gets split into two businesses, one being fine art which I am known for around the world for my sea turtle images and the other a busy commercial studio where we shoot commercial ad campaigns for a variety of clients. We have offices, a gallery and studio warehouse in Boca Raton, Florida where we produce all the art and also create studio photoshoots. I got into underwater work by my want to always bring the camera with me below the surface. Surfing photography was my start in the water world of selling images. Then Nature came soon after. I have been fortunate enough to have been sent all over the world to cover surfing.
Having the ability to reach a lot of people at my finger tips and try to open their eyes on the worlds over use of plastic is a role that i need to do. How can I create a different image or tell a story through a uniquely different image? I am also inspired to capture images that can tell a story about the problems with our pollution and plastic usage around the world.
Photography, a purpose:
Telling stories. It's a silent communicator that can harness so much power, especially via todays online platforms where you can reach millions at the touch of a screen. In today's world I can reach a lot of peoples hearts through an image depicting our fragile environment. Being an influencer of the environment that I love to being out in is an honor.
What messages are you trying to communicate?
Awareness. The young people of today will help drive our future to hopefully bring down our footprint and reduce our wastes that are so damaging to the environment. I am usually aiming for an indirect message. Showing a harmless tiny baby sea turtle that is vital to our seas ecosystem and giving people the choice of helping protect them and the environment or watching them go away. We can all make a difference by doing something and educating those around us.
I want to continue to make a difference and influence young people in new ways on how they can make a difference. I have a 2 year old and want his kids to be able to go to the beach and sea the same sea turtles I saw.