Featured Photographer | Luke Coley  

Featured Photographer Luke

 


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My name is Luke Coley, I was born in Chippenham, England. I am now based in Mexico, where I work as an instructor and run underwater photography trips. Mexico offers an incredible variety, it is somewhere I can incorporate my love of travel, big animals and beautiful environments all in one. 

As a child, my fascination with the ocean was stoked by local fishing and aquarium visits. This combined with my interest in sharks and rays eventually led me to scuba diving.

In 2011, after a move to Australia, my passion for the ocean and photography had a true chance to grow when I rented a Canon S90 while diving the Great Barrier Reef and snapped my first successful underwater photos of a green turtle.

My career in diving started in the form of selling tours in Vietnam and in 2013, I became a certified diver. Since then, I have had the opportunity to work around the world including Fiji, the Cayman Islands, Indonesia, Palau, Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands and Mexico.  I have dived in more than 20 different countries while gaining the credentials of PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, TDI Full Cave Diver and SSI Level II Freediver.

As a photographer, I began shooting while working in Fuerteventura, taking shots for dive students.  It was in Komodo that I purchased my first Olympus TG-4.  In my spare time, I would dive the house reef and work on techniques.

The real leap was when I joined the Siren and Master Fleets of Worldwide Dive and Sail. I worked as a cruise director and dive master and was introduced to some of the world’s top underwater photographers, which inspired me to invest in a Sony A7rii in the Nauticam housing.  This gave me the tools and the opportunity to really grow. 

I identify as a 'Shark Guy' above all else, and my favourite species would have to be the scalloped hammerhead. Mexico is my top spot for dive locations, with my favourite dive site being El Cañon of San Benedicto Island in the Revillagigedo Archipelago, where my favourite shark can often be seen schooling in large numbers, and even getting cleaned at an amazingly active cleaning station along with silvertip and Galápagos sharks.

In terms of photography, my preference lies with wide-angle shooting and I personally enjoy simple yet impressionable images. I try to take photos utilising different methods, with one tank or doubles, freediving, or within caverns and caves. I also get a lot of satisfaction as a dive guide from helping photographers who dive with me getting the shots they want because it means putting them in the right place at the right time.


Caribbean Reef Shark Bahamas 2

Caribbean reef shark,
Bahamas

 

Cave Diver Carwash 2

Cave diver,
Carwash Cenote, Tulum, Mexico 

 

cave diver dos ojos

 Cave diver,
Dos Ojos Cenote, Tulum, Mexico 

 

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Cave diver, 
Carwash Cenote, Tulum, Mexico  

 

cave diver garden of eden

Cave diver,
Garden of Eden Cenote, Yucatán, Mexico 

 

Oceanic Manta Socorro

Oceanic manta,
Socorro Island, Mexico 

 

Cozumel Wreck

Wreck, 
Cozumel, Mexico 

 

silky shark socrro 2

Silky shark, 
Socorro Island, Mexico 

 cave diver nohoch

Cave diver,
Nohoch Cenote, Tulum, Mexico 

 

Great White Guadalupe

Great white shark,
Guadalupe Island, Mexico 

  

diver komodo 2

Diver,
Komodo, Indonesia 

 

photographers cavern diving cenote eden

Photographers,
Garden of Eden Cenote, Yucatán, Mexico 

 

Silvertip Shark Socorro

Silvertip shark,
Socorro Island, Mexico 

 

Whale Shark Isla Mujeres

Whale shark,
Isla Mujeres, Mexico 

 

Find Luke on Instagram @lukecoley


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