1. HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY?
At a young age I was fascinated with the behaviour of wild animals. I have always appreciated photography, growing up admiring the beautiful animal photographs in guide books. In high school and college, I took a few basic photography courses, and with the purchase of my first DSLR in 2008 I started taking up photography again. In 2010, I decided to get serious about wildlife photography. I wanted to make an impact with my images and bring awareness to the endangered animals of Okinawa Japan.
2. STELLA HAS BEEN INCREDIBLY INSPIRED BY YOUR SERIES ‘CRABS WITH BEACH TRASH HOMES’. CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT IT?
I photograph Blueberry hermit crabs that have begun to use beach trash as their home in Okinawa, Japan. The first hermit crab was photographed in 2010, but it wasn’t until 2014 when I started photographing the animals on our coastline at night that I started finding a good amount of these hermit crabs found naturally adapting with our waste. That’s when I decided to start the project. I often find hermit crabs using a variety of plastic caps from twist top pet bottles, laundry detergent containers, small propane tanks, sports water bottles and beauty supplies.