Many years ago, Rich Carey decided that work sucked. With that knowledge, Rich started looking for a way to earn a living doing something he enjoyed.
He started off as a PADI Instructor in Egypt back in 2004, and soon became interested in underwater photography. Just three years later, Rich traded in a Olympus compact for a DSLR and housing, and spent a lot of time reading up on underwater photography, and diving to practice.
He took a job in the Bahamas practicing underwater photo and video, hoping to make the learning curve a little less steep. Rich then returned to Egypt to work as photo pro for a couple of dive centers in Dahab. After eight years in Egypt, it was time for a change of scenery. He now works aboard the MV Similan Explorer liveaboard in Thailand from November to May, and then works in Mallorca, Spain, for the European summer. As every day is spent diving and taking photos, he really doesn't mind getting up to go to “the office” anymore.
Leopard (zebra) shark, Similans, Thailand
A pair of cuttlefish: The male is shielding his mate from rival males
Scorpionfish yawn at Boonsung Wreck, Khao Lak, Thailand
A shaggy frogfish looks a little surprised to encounter an underwater photographer
A whale shark with an entourage of remoras and cobias
The yellowmargin triggerfish—sometimes just as aggressive as the more well-known titans
A pair of octopuses comes together to mate in Eilat, Israel
A spotted eagle ray in the Red Sea, Egypt
A turtle surfaces off the Similans, Thailand
Rich hard at work in the office. He seems to be much happier than sitting behind a desk
Rich admits that he doesn’t update his website as much as he should, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check out www.richardcareyphotos.com. From here, there are links to his stock photo gallery on Shutterstock and to his short book for beginner underwater photographers, on sale now on Amazon.
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