David Wachenfeld, Townsville Member Since November 2007 Artist Statement Dr David Wachenfeld has loved the ocean since he was a small child. He grew up on a diet of Jacques Cousteau documentaries and snorkelling holidays with his family. Since his first SCUBA dive at age 10 and first experience with an underwater camera at age 16, he has developed a passion for marine life and capturing the ocean’s beauty in photographs. David has dived on coral reefs from French Polynesia to the east coast of Africa, conducting research, taking photographs, teaching people and working to protect the environment. In 1993 David completed a PhD studying the behaviour and ecology of coral reef triggerfish. His love of this charismatic family of fish lead David to name his photography company ‘Triggerfish Images’.