I grew up on the shores of the Red Sea, where I did my first dive in 1988 at the age of six. Since then I have been fascinated with the diversity of life forms in the sea and their behavior, colors, shapes, and patterns. At around the same time, I started to develop a passion for visual arts.
Today, I am a marine ecologist (PhD), underwater photographer, and a naturalist. My photographic and scientific journeys are intertwined. I focus on discovering unique moments of rare or unknown behavioral and reproductive phenomena of coral reef dwellers. In most parts of my work, I try to bring into the spotlight the backbone of the underwater tropical world: stony corals. They are the engineers, architects, and the artists that build and maintain the complex reef structures and breathe life into them. My photography tells their stories and exposes their incredible beauty while raising awareness to the threats they are facing.
My images have been published in books, magazines, scientific journals; exhibited in galleries and museums, and commended in several photography competitions.