PRESENTATION BY CHRIS GUG
We all get so wrapped up in saving up for that once or twice per year trip to an exotic, hard to pronounce location, when there’s actually water all around us.
In the past year, I’ve found myself in lakes, ponds, rivers, puddles, springs, ice-melt flows, as well as shorelines, deltas, wave curls, etc..etc..etc…… basically anywhere that’s NOT a dive site. We have so much water all around us, and we don’t need to wait for that big trip to practice our skills, and create awesome images. Add to that, that photos taken on “dive sites” are rarely winning contests in the year 2017 – winning images are now shot in new, creative locations where the are no mooring balls, no dive guides, no scuba divers, no signs, and no direction. That’s where we can really let our creativity blossom and create underwater images that no one has ever dreamed of before!
Regarded as America’s foremost underwater photographer, Gug has been making waves in the art scene for well over a decade. His real name is Christopher Guglielmo, but no one has the time to figure out the proper pronunciation so “Gug” has stuck since grade school. And since grade school, he has spent tens of thousands of hours creating marine life images that awe, inspire and sometimes confuse.
With no formal photography education, Gug felt that total immersion into his subject matter was the only way to master the art, and moved to the Caribbean to live on a boat where he could dive and shoot every day for seven years. After a year back in the USA where he exhibited his portfolio, he again took off, craving more exotic subject matter, and landed in Papua New Guinea, where he again lived on a boat, for two years shooting underwater every day. Gug has now created images in over 40 different countries, been published in numerous magazines, and been displayed in several of the world’s most prestigious museums. The result has been that his art is now being collected across the world, and the value of his limited edition photographs has seen a steady increase, making them a worthy investment for any art collector.
Based out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, he is now able to serve new clients and long-time collectors alike with 2 fine art galleries dedicated exclusively to his underwater images from around the world. Want to know more? Come meet Gug at the gallery or one of his upcoming exhibits.
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