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John Alexander

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I’m an explorer at heart whose love of the ocean led me to study it more closely at Cardiff University and to an earlier career at sea as an Officer in the Royal Navy.

As a Bomb Disposal and Clearance Diving specialist I led teams afloat and ashore, worked within Counter Terrorism and alongside the Special Forces, and managed experimental decompression table research.

Commended by both the British and Canadian Forces career highlights included Captaincy of a Warship, Bomb Disposal and Diving Group Command, and close support to the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Visual Storyteller

Combining experience and technical expertise I shape narratives and shoot stories to inspire the audience - taking them on journeys above and below the waves.

A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, my work can be seen in China Newsweek, Forbes’ and The New York Times, as well as titles such as British Airways’ First, Carve, Land Rover, Oceanographic and Sidetracked Magazine.


Highlights include Not to Conquer documenting an expedition as they weave their way to Mount Everest, Isle to Isle, a journey through the highlands and islands of Scotland, over to Mongolia for Generations a cultural study set in the High Altai, and Stewards of the Sea, covering conservation efforts above and below the waves in Barbados.


While select stories continue to be featured by renowned camera manufacturer Hasselblad, the more immersive project Generations has been the subject of interview by the Royal Photographic Society.

Elements from this will be exhibited twice this year. In Paris from 27 to 29 May 2022, and again in Milan, from 7 to 30 October 2022.



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