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Diego Mejias at the Hidden Garden Art Gallery

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From Diego Mejias

"I was born in San Jose, Costa Rica in 1975 and grew up in the nearby suburb of Heredia. Even as a child, I was inclined towards the arts and drew my inspiration from Mother Nature. From the time I could hold a pencil, I spent hours sketching the natural world around me.

In 1993, at the age of 18, I discovered photography as a new medium to share the way I saw the world with the ones I loved. I bought my first camera, a Canon EOX Rebel, and with every click of the shutter, my passion grew. Photography allowed me, and those who saw my photos, to see everyday things from a new perspective.

Two years later, while on vacation in Minnesota, I had another life-changing experience: my first underwater breath. Despite the bad visibility and cold water of the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” I immediately fell in love with diving. Everyday brought new adventures and discoveries in an unfamiliar and alien world.

Diving and not being able to take photos was a living pain for me. So in 1999, I bought my first underwater camera, a Nikonos V. Despite its shortcomings as an awkward and expensive piece of equipment, I found in it my new niche. Underwater photography became for me a creative and exciting way to interact with the marine world. It also became the means through which I could show people how important it was to protect the world’s oceans.

Introducing people to the beauty of the underwater world through pictures gave me a great sense of pleasure, but I knew that nothing compared to experiencing it firsthand. I wanted to get people excited about diving and to see the look on their face when they dived for the first time. So in 2000, I traveled to Roatan, Honduras and received my certification as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. After five years of experience as an instructor, I continued with my scuba education, traveling to Malaysia, where I became the first Costa Rican PADI Course Director.

In addition to conducting Instructor Development Courses, I am also currently working as a full-time photographer, creating custom photos for a broad base of clients. Some of my recent assignments have included working as a photographer for film crews, nature expeditions, hotels, virtual tours and family portraits, amongst others. My passion, however, remains in capturing the natural world in its many forms. Continually motivated by Mother Nature’s beauty, my current goal is to develop my skills as a filmmaker and to make nature documentaries that will share her magnificence with a new audience."

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