|Mick Tait was first introduced to photography at the age of eight, when he was handed his father’s 35mm camera. From that moment onwards he was intrigued, and immersed himself into this world of imagery, capturing a wide variety of subjects on film. This led to his first publication in a popular car magazine of the time, when he was 21.
In 1997, he entered the new realm of digital photography with the purchase of a Kodak DC-120. Although early digital photography was a step backwards in image quality, the instantaneous quality of images was well suited to the work he was doing at the time.
An interest in SCUBA diving began after Mick experienced a try-dive on holiday in Lighthouse Bay (Exmouth, Western Australia) in June 2004. He quickly pursued this new hobby and obtained his dive ticket a month later. Shortly after completing his dive course he took his first underwater image and thus combined his two passions in this new medium.
By 2008 he had obtained a digital SLR and after acquiring underwater housing from a good friend, he became serious about capturing and producing high quality underwater images. His first Digital SLR was a Canon 20D in a Subal housing.
|Mick has pursued his passion through photographic expeditions throughout Australia, including but not limited to Sydney Harbour and Nelson Bay (NSW), Rottnest Island, Jurien Bay, Bremer Bay, and Rowley Shoals (WA), The Great Barrier Reef (QLD) and Mt Gambier (SA). Internationally he has captured images throughout the north side of Bali and around Komodo Island (Indonesia), Hawaii (USA), and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
Mick’s underwater images have been published worldwide after a shot of a Gurnard Perch under Busselton Jetty (WA) was published on the cover of Dive Log Magazine (#233) in December 2007. Most recently his images have been used for Sports Diver Magazine (USA).
Although not entering competitions regularly, Mick’s work has been recognised with the following awards:
- 2009: “Novice Cave” Runner Up and “Novice Wreck” Third Place (Oztek)
- 2009: Gold Medal – Fresh Water Category (www.underwaterphotography.com)
- 2010: Open Portfolio Winner (Western Australian Underwater Photographic Society)
Mick is currently based on shores of St Georges Basin, on the South Coast of New South Wales where he is relishing living close to the diver’s paradise of Jervis Bay, and capturing images on his Canon 7D. He says he is “driven by the desire to capture an image which the majority of people do not have the fortune to see.”
The images displayed on this website are a selection of Mick’s work and his collection. They also include a variety of land-based images, after a period of Great White Shark attacks in Perth (WA), where he was based for 15 years, forced Mick to pursue more terrestrial activities. These images and more are available for sale, in a variety of formats. Please contact us for further information.