Our first blog entry is dedicated to the award winning photographer Richard Shucksmith under “Ocean Lovers” and “Friends are Family”.

He is one of our first supporters and his breathtaking images deserve a post of its own. We are very grateful to Richard for believing in Crùbag from the very beginning. Crùbag thrives on collaboration and we work with the best in their field to bring you a unique and personal insight into the world of oceans, creativity and inspiration. Some of the iconic images you will find on our website and social media channels were taken by Richard. His disciplined approach and knowledge of the marine environment is combined with his skills in capturing the right frames at the right time. Richard’s work stands out and has a unique perspective and rawness that immediately connects you with the subject depicted.

In his own words, Richard shares a bit more about himself and his work:

“I am fascinated by the natural world that surrounds us and we are part of. Inquisitive by nature I love being outside following, watching and observing animal behaviour. Early morning is one of my favourite times when most people are asleep but outside of the warm cosy house a whole world is waking up. It’s a quiet time from man-made noise and the sounds of the natural world dominate the soundscape. Beautiful light falls across the land and the sense of wilderness and isolation is excitingly overpowering. It feels, smells and looks magical and it’s what I enjoy most about my photography being out in these beautiful wild places watching nature.

I studied marine biology and marine ecology, I’m a keen diver and underwater photographer. One of my favourite places is the coast as it has a wide variety of habitats, species and dramatic seascapes. For me the sea encompasses the power, turmoil and beauty of the world in which we live.

Using photography I aim to tell stories about places, the environment and the animals and plants that live there. Whether I manage this or not is up to you decide. All I know, it’s incredibly enjoyable trying”.

Richard and his family are now based in the Shetland Islands. He has become the go to person for the elusive sea otters and offers workshops and photography tours right there where all exciting nature moments happen. For more information please go to: www.shetlandphototours.co.uk

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