Since this beautiful country is not famous for turquoise seas and white beaches, he’s grateful to his parents for taking him on holiday every year. He would then disappear for most of the day with mask and snorkel in search of all sorts of marine creatures, getting himself bitten or stung a few times.
His first scuba dive came later, in 1994 in the Bahamas and he got certified in California in 1997.
Most of his further training, up to PADI MSDT was done in the lakes in his home country.
In 2009, he decided to leave his office work and Switzerland to work as a dive instructor in Greece. It was followed by Thailand where he became a technical diving instructor, and now, Indonesia where he has been working as a dive resort manager in the very famous Lembeh Strait.
His first underwater photography experience was in the Philippines in 2001 with a film camera borrowed from a friend. That pretty expensive piece of equipment flooded on the first dive. Most people would learn better, but being stubborn, he went through a few digital point and shoot cameras since then. None of them flooded… yet.
Three years ago, he left behind the automatic settings of his camera and the quality of his pictures really improved. He finally invested in a mirrorless camera and a nice housing. That setup works like a charm for the tiny critters he loves to shoot.
His working/shooting location implies that his portfolio is mainly macro photography but gives him a great opportunity to improve his technique and creativity.
• Olympus OMD E-M5 with Nauticam housing
• Sea & Sea YS-01 and YS-110a strobes
• Retra snoot
• i-Torch Video Pro 6
• Subsee +10 and INON UCL-165