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Patrick Webster: GoPro to Semi-Pro
May 12, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm PDT
Patrick Webster: GoPro to Semi-Pro, or ‘How to fumble around until people get dumb enough to pay you’
How did a land-locked Franco-American middle-child from the suburbs of Stockholm, Sweden come to be a guest speaker for Northern California’s prestigious underwater photographic society? Don’t answer that—I’m as shocked as you are. But a childhood dream of becoming a marine biologist, powered by French perfectionism and a severe case of Marine Biologist Post-Graduation Existential Crisis Resolution Syndrome (the dreaded MBPGECRS), blossomed from idée fixe into a craft that sees myself writing a blurb about me to you to introduce some pretty underwater images I took. From the early days of the GoPro shaky cam to award-winning images and viral aquatic videos, I’ll share videos and photos from my adopted home-waters of the Monterey Bay, the secrets to my success (motto: there’s no limit to what you can accomplish when you lock yourself in a room and shun your friends) and the cool places you may go with a camera in hand thanks the to real-world Pokemon GO! that is underwater photography.
Bio: I’m a marine media monkey politely pushing pixels as mild-mannered Monterey Bay Aquarium social media content creator Patrick Webster by day and bubble-blowing nitrogen therapist alter-ego @underwaterpat by quittin’ time. I graduated with a degree in marine biology from UCSC because my five year-old self thought that would be rad after seeing sea otters at the Aquarium. I discovered diving and underwater photography while in college, and that became the next obsession. I’m very lucky to be physically and economically able to go diving with a camera, so I hope that sharing what I’ve found underwater can help people get connected with the inner space of planet Ocean.
NCUPS’ Monthly Club Meeting will be held in a NEW location starting February 10, 2017.