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Photographer of the Week - Christian Miller
By Lia Barrett, August 21, 2014 @ 04:00 AM (EST)

Green turtle at the Cairns Turtle Hospital, Australia

I know what you’re thinking: how did this guy capture so many beautiful, intimate turtle photos? Are they photoshopped? Has he been tampering with the balance of nature by feeding them? Don’t tell me he rides them... Ah, we are always the suspicious bunch when it comes to the beloved ocean dwellers. But no, in fact, many of Photographer of the Week Christian Miller’s very unique and awe-inspiring turtle images come from his volunteer work with Save Our Sea Turtles, an organization in Australia that is dedicated to the rehabilitation of sick and injured turtles. So now that we can put down our swords and dueling pistols, let's move on to discussing his phenomenal images.

Juvenile hawksbill turtle, Cairns Turtle Hospital, Australia

As a sailor, graphic artist, and wildlife photographer, Christian is able to artfully express his active spirit through his images. Born in Germany, he lives in Cairns, Australia, where he has built a life filled with nature and adventure, and is able to combine a photo junkie’s sensibility with a sensitivity for the environment, capturing breathtaking moments of creatures both terrestrial and aquatic.

Olive ridley sea turtle, Cairns, Australia

Simply looking at selfies of Christian, you get the impression that to him, life is a playground, the sea is a trapeze, and his camera is an excuse to run around chasing the whirlwind of activity that surrounds him. Energetic, engaging, and full of movement, the moments captured were pulled from flurries of ephemeral excitement, and thrown into a sphere of digitized eternity, as if representative of all ocean encounters. But do not be fooled. Each one of these very unique instances is a well-timed snap of very sought-after encounters. For most of us, it takes many dives and a lot of experience in order to capture such a range of dynamism. But for Christian, he makes image capturing look like an ordinary walk around the park, another day at the office, or perhaps a nice little Saturday grooming the hedges. Making extraordinary seem ordinary: a nice trait to possess, yet a heck of a difficult one to emulate.

Selfie with friendly green turtle

Napolean wrasse at Flynn Reef, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Tawny nurse shark, Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Flynn Reef, Australia

Seasnakes at Lighthouse Bommie, Ribbon Reefs, Cairns, Australia

Saltwater crocodile, Cairns, Australia

Pink dolphin, Amazon River, Brazil

Selfie with cod at Cod Hole, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

To see more of Christian's work, visit www.cuckoocrew.com.au and www.saveourseaturtles.com.au.



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