“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”
— Dorothea Lange
Photography has always been an art form that subtly portrays the reality of the world and has evolved drastically over time. Now photography is not just limited to beautiful landscapes, portraits, and objects; it has expanded to a surreal realm of reality that otherwise stays hidden from the human eye. Gregory Piper, an award-winning photographer, is on a similar mission. Based in Washington D.C., the photographer has unlocked a different perspective on nature and underwater photography. He is using his skills as a means to spread wildlife conservation awareness across the world.
Gregory's photography has been picked up by famous media outlets and nature and wildlife publications. The list includes world-renowned Scuba Diving Magazine, Discovery Channel, BBC, and Nat Geo, to name a few. To take his initiative further, Gregory has also written articles on ethical behavior in photography published in Dive Magazine.
It all started in childhood when Gregory discovered his love for drawing, painting, and creating. He knew he was an artist at heart but never realized his true calling until he joined the U.S. Army in 1987. He started documenting his experiences in the army through photography, which included some amazing shots of the Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia. His photography continued even after he left the army in 1994. By then, he already knew what he was going to do for the rest of his life.
Gregory went on to document stunning landscapes across the country. He has always loved nature, and photography became a way of expressing this to the world. However, his skill in underwater photography was only discovered a few years down the line when he went on a family vacation in 2008. His first scuba diving experience changed his life forever, opening up a new world of photography for him. Initially, it wasn't easy for him because he was an amateur diver, so Gregory underwent intensive training to master it and began his journey to discover the underwater world.
Since then, he has logged over 4,800 dives across the world to capture the beauty of marine life. This includes some of the rarest, undiscovered dive destinations as well. His love for photography, combined with his passion for discovering underwater marine life, took the world by storm. This doesn’t mean he bid farewell to landscape and wildlife photography. He spends several months a year capturing the big cats of South Africa, Kenya, Botswana, and Tanzania through his lens.
Gregory also visits Alaska for a couple of months every year to spend quality time with his camera and coastal brown grizzly bears, eagles, and marine mammals. He has dedicated his photography to the conservation of land and underwater wildlife. This further drew positive attention to his art and exhibited it on a global platform.
In 2017, Gregory decided to embark upon a new venture to share his knowledge and passion for photography. He started conducting photography workshops across the world to educate people on wildlife and the need for its conservation. His website www.gregpiperart.com has all the information related to the photography workshops. Gregory also personally connects with his fans through his Instagram account and keeps them updated on his journey.
Gregory is happy to use his passion for a noble cause. He wants to continue this journey for many more years to come with the hope of helping the world to view wildlife through a more empathetic lens.
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