Dedicated Nature Photographer.

I started to do photography in January 2000 as a new year resolution, because I needed an interest for my spare time other than lying on tropical beaches drinking beer which is what scuba diving instructors do. And I fell in love with my camera. I am now retired and I am able to do photography full time. I live very close to an awesome beach with rocks and an iconic lighthouse on the North East coast of England.

Karate Grand Master.

I am a retired professional karate instructor. I started learning martial arts at a very young age and have reached the top as an 8th Dan Black Belt. As an international Grandmaster I created my own free style martial art that I called Jintian-Do and I have taught over 300 students to the black belt level and several to the master level.

Scuba Diving Instructor.

Apart from my love of the martial arts I am also a retired PADI Scuba Diving Instructor and as such I have lived and worked in over 30 countries and islands around the world for the past 45 years. After retiring i took up photography and I am completely self taught and quite fanatical about it.

We live in a beautiful world. The more you appreciate and enjoy that beauty, the more beautiful it becomes. Beauty is impossible to define and at the same time impossible to ignore. You know what it is without having to learn. Beauty is much more than mere physical appearance. In fact, magnificent beauty can often be found in what appears to be plain and ordinary, when you explore it deeply enough. Beauty can awe, inspire and astonish. Beauty can energize your spirit in ways that nothing else can. One of the nicest things you can do is to give yourself the time and space to simply take in the beauty that is around you. Beauty asks nothing more than to be treasured, and when you let yourself experience it beauty has much to give. There is beauty stretching out in all directions. Dive deeply into it, and it will make you more than you are.

Live your life. Enjoy your world. And let the beauty shine through.
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Ray Bilcliff