Geoff Spiby Gallery
Geoff Spiby started taking photos on school holidays in the Karoo. It was perhaps in these huge spaces that his love of wide angle photography began. He started taking underwater images while on honeymoon in the Maldives in 1984. Back then, getting to the Maldives involved a (shopping) stopover in Hong Kong and since the Rand was super strong it seemed like a good idea to buy an underwater camera and try it out.
He got a crash course on the potential pitfalls of underwater photography such as backscatter in the plane from a few old hands en route to Malé, and, once there, jumped in the water with the camera and was promptly hooked. Fortunately for the success of the honeymoon, not to mention the marriage, his wife Lyn is as enthusiastic about the ocean as he is. He’s a Cape Town local and so has spent much of his underwater time developing methods for getting decent wide angle shots in the often murky Cape waters, although he also likes macro work, experimenting with two times converters, snoots and the like. The late Patrick Wanger was a major influence on his photography, showing him how much effort has to go into getting the great shots and how to work towards getting that perfect shot. Pat also gave him guidelines on what makes a great shot, both in composition and colour balance. Lyn, Geoff’s primary model, knows to choose her dive gear and bikinis primarily for how they will look in photographs. He loves the challenge of underwater photography, and the thrill of getting under water and finding new ways of showing subjects. Above all, it’s about capturing the beauty he sees underwater to show to others.