JOHN MAGEE AND THE SEA.
John Magee is an underwater photographer based in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. The famous and wonderful Great Barrier Reef is literally in his front yard.
His great passion is to explore the Reef and use his several cameras to specialise in recording its countless amazing tiny creatures; so often overlooked and upstaged by their mighty larger neighbours that share their unique coral environment. He has made thousands of dives not only on the Great Barrier Reef but on other reef locations in Micronesia; taking countless photographs for his extensive records over many years.
His love of the sea started as a bare-footed toddler exploring the chilly shallow rock-pools and seaweeds for crabs and other creatures stranded by the receding Atlantic tide along the west coast of Ireland. Television programs featuring a young and now legendary David Attenborough introduced him to the exciting world of marine life and a particular black and white series on the Great Barrier Reef in far-away Australia left an ever-lasting impression, and a desire to see for himself, on his young mind. His fascination with marine creatures stayed with him throughout his teenage years and into adulthood. He obtained his first camera; an SLR, at fifteen and as his knowledge of cameras and techniques of photography grew more comprehensive he automatically thought of bringing a camera on some of his dives on his beloved Great Barrier Reef.
His many years of taking photographs made him realise that there was more to simply pointing a lens and pressing a button. He is now very mindful of the importance of quality over quantity and of the advice of French photographer Henri Certier-Bresson who said that “the first 10,000 pictures you take are your worst”.
As Cousteau famously remarked about the sea casting an everlasting spell over people who love it, John Magee has been smitten by its allure and he aspires to share the beauty of the miniature creatures that swim before his lens, with others.
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