DIVING AND UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY HISTORY;
In 1970 I took my first underwater photographs in a sand
pit near Lawrence KS. Since then I have been diving and doing underwater
photography in freshwater environments in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas,
Oklahoma, Florida, Texas, Nevada, Idaho, Colorado, Louisiana and Oregon.
Outside the United States I have worked in the Rio Negro River in Brazil.
My saltwater diving experience includes the Great Barrier Reef in Australia,
Grand Cayman Island, Roatan Island in Honduras, Florida Keys, Sea of Cortes,
Puget Sound and several Channel Islands in California.
In addition to photography I have also done ice diving,
wreck diving, cavern diving and limited visibility recovery work. From
the years of diving and underwater photography experience I have developed
specialized techniques in freshwater underwater photography. In addition
to artistic composition I try to emphasize identifying characteristics
and behaviors valuable to the scientific community.
In 1994 I decided to work full time photographing freshwater
ecosystems and their inhabitants. Few photographers are doing work in
this field and it was becoming apparent there was a need for this work
to be done. I started AQUATIC KANSAS IMAGES and began photographing in
the few remaining aquatic environments in Kansas that are still clear
enough to work underwater.
The first major publications my images appeared in were
the books Kansas Wetlands; A Wildlife Treasury Joseph T. Collins,
Suzanne L. Collins and Bob Gress, 1994 and "Fishes in Kansas"
Frank B. Cross and Joseph T. Collins, 1995.
I continued to build a collection of rare images that
were of interest to writers and publishers. As the collection and my reputation
grew other opportunities became available. In 1998 I began a photo assignment
for the "Freshwater Fishes of Texas" project. The purpose of
the assignment is to photograph all the freshwater fish species inhabiting
Texas waters. The images will be used in the book, "Freshwater Fishes
of Texas" (authors Dr. Clark Hubbs, Dr. Bob Edwards Dr. Gary P. Garrett
and Garold W. Sneegas) a companion CD-ROM and an exhibit at the Texas
Memorial Museum in Austin, Texas.
Additional opportunities continue to arise and I am currently
working on a number of other assignments and book projects.
In addition to photography I have also been working with
digital imaging on my own images, the general public and scientific communities.
Projects have ranged from museum displays, images for book covers and
layouts to scanning cross sections of sea anemone's mounted on 1X3 glass
Some of the publications my images have appeared in include:
MUSEUM INTERPRETIVE DISPLAYS: