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Photographer of the Week – Alex Mustard
By Lia Barrett, April 3, 2014 @ 02:00 AM (EST)

In the underwater photography world, Dr. Alex Mustard needs no introduction. His work has become iconic across nature and wildlife photographic circles over the years, and he has many images that are well known by the general public.

So what is it that makes this scholar of marine biology such a success? From what I can tell, it’s a mixture of studying animal behavior, an interest in technical creativity, and a knack for artistic observation all meshed together in a guy whom you just kind of want to go diving with... And have a few beers with afterwards while talking fish.

But when flipping through a series of Alex’s images, you can tell that he is not a man of convention. His alternative techniques tell a story of a person who was perhaps bored with the norm, and so created his own style and vision.

He has won numerous awards and accolades, written several books, and even gave a private tour of his work to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. I could go on and on about all of his publications and more, but I think you get the general idea.

But one really fantastic aspect of Alex’s career that deserves many thanks is the fact that he shares much of his knowledge with the underwater community. Through lectures, articles, and explanations, he reveals his techniques and attempts to make those around him better shooters. So kudos to Dr. Mustard, a leader of the underwater people, friend of the sea, and a man who hangs with the Queen. I salute you and your remarkable work!

A colony of mountainous star coral spawning during the night, Grand Cayman

Pygmy seahorse composite, Lembeh Strait

Long exposure of bar jacks hunting over a coral reef, Grand Cayman

Horse-eye jacks over a wreck, Grand Cayman

Silfra Canyon, Mid Atlantic Ridge, Iceland

Blenny, Cayman Islands

Mayan Cichlid, Mexican cenote

Sockeye Salmon, British Colombia, Canada

Capernwray, England

Leafy seadragon, South Australia

Basking shark, Cornwall, England

Flabellina nobilis, Gulen, Norway

Blackfin barracuda, Red Sea, Egypt

Dr. Alex Mustard and seal friend in the UK

To see more of Alex's work, and to learn more about his workshops and articles, go to his website, www.amustard.com.


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