About Me - Focus Visuals

Hi, I'm Saeed.

I live in Bournemouth, on the sunny south coast of England, close to the sea and surrounded by beautiful rural landscapes.

Photography for me started as a child taking dark, grainy, blurred pictures with a disc camera, sent off in the post to await the results.

I didn't move into 'proper' photography until Art School and loved the magic of working in the dark room. From here I became a freelance product and graphic designer and photography continued as a hobby.

I moved into teaching and began my career at FE college in Art. My next job brought me to Bournemouth, teaching Illustration at Bournemouth Art School. And finally to the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University, where I continue to teach Digital Publishing and Photo Journalism. I have also done some studying of my own, recently completing a Masters Degree in Creative Media Education. I hope to start my doctorate in education very soon.

I learnt to dive on the Great Barrier Reef off Carins, Australia whilst on a trip visiting family in Brisbane over 20 years ago and never looked back. The following year I returned, having bought my first cheap underwater camera at Duty-Free. Since then, I have upgraded to a Nauticam system with Canon DSLR and travel to some of the world’s most prestigious dive sites running Underwater Photographic workshops and via invitation from the tourist boards and governments to capture photographically the wonders of their country. Recent commissions include work in Jordan, Indonesia, Egypt, Maldives and the Philippines.

I am a member of BSoUP (British Society of Underwater Photographers) and an Editorial Consultant for Diver Magazine. I am the key organiser for the Photozone at their international Dive Shows in London and Birmingham and am a regular fixture on the speakers line up both there and at the British Photography Show in Birmingham.

I write for magazines that include Diver, Scuba, Amateur Photographer, Digital Photographer.

For me, photography is about capturing the beauty of the natural world and of people. On land or underwater, I am never happier than with a camera in my hand


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