A few years ago I sat next to a guy on a flight who was traveling back from Indonesia to his home in Sarasota. I don’t recall the exact flight we were on but I think it was somewhere around Los Angeles to Albuquerque, but it wasn’t to Tampa. So it was somewhat of a coincidence that he lives in Sarasota, about an hour south of Tampa where I am from. The guy next to me is an underwater photographer and he told me about what he does. He has a ton of experience spending 3 months at a time in the South Pacific. Because of the limitations of the visas, he spends three months at a time in the region and then he travels home and takes a month or two off. He makes a living selling his photographs and video to magazines and other companies to be used in print. I’m very interested in scuba diving and the ocean in general so I really enjoyed sitting next to this guy and hearing his story.
The Straz Center in Tampa is hosting a speaker’s series next year presented by National Geographic. The first speaker on January 22, 2013 is an underwater photographer in the South Pacific, the same region the guy I sat next to spends most of his time. Below is the description and a video of what the presentation will be about.
Tickets go on sell on September 12th and are $18 each.
National Geographic Live! Secret Edens with underwater photographer David Doubilet
National Geographic Live! Journey with photographer David Doubilet into hidden Edens from the heart of the coral triangle in Raja Ampat, Indonesia to Africa’s Okavango Delta, where seasonal floodwaters transform a desert into flowing rivers filled with crocodiles, hippos and a lily forest. Considered the world’s leading underwater photographer, Doubilet has introduced a generation to the mystery and wonder of the deep, photographing coral reefs, historic shipwrecks, ocean predators and exotic marine creatures for more than 70 stories for National Geographic. For David Doubilet’s official website, click here.
(photos from National Geographic’s website)