I blame Jacques Cousteau for my love affair with nature.
When I was a kid, he’d show up on my TV every week and transport me to some exotic location full of colourful sea creatures and scuba diving bubbles.
There were other influences. Living in Australia we had friends that owned a reptile park, and my parents let me spend hours playing with the snakes and lizards. What were they thinking? Of course, my risky behaviour wasn’t limited to things that slither – I was equally fascinated and threatened by the family cat.
I took that love of nature and animals into adulthood, and after a short stint as a graphic designer downed tools and picked up a camera.
It was a revelation.
Since then, I’ve immersed myself in travel and the environment. Attempting to capture all the wonder of the world’s animals, people and places. There’s no doubt my graphic design background has helped me achieve this.
Being a photographer has taught me to care about where we live, and although I might not be in the same league as Jacques Cousteau, I’d like to think that somewhere a child might open a magazine, see a Jason Hosking shot and be truly inspired.