David Wachenfeld, Townsville Member Since November 2007 Artist Statement I have loved the ocean since I was a small child. I grew up on a diet of Jacques Cousteau documentaries and snorkelling holidays with my family. Since my first SCUBA dive at age 10 and first experience with an underwater camera at age 16, I have developed a passion for marine life and capturing the ocean’s beauty in photographs. I have 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 I completed a PhD studying the behaviour and ecology of coral reef triggerfish. My love of this charismatic family of fish lead me to name my photography company ‘Triggerfish Images’.