National Geographic Assignments
With seven assignments done for National Geographic Magazine and a cover story for National Geographic World Magazine, Courtney has been chosen to shoot by and for some of the most jaded editors on the planet. If the world's most experienced editors have this much confidence in his photography skills, you can feel confident in choosing him for your imaging needs too.
33 imagesThis 2,400 year old Greek shipwreck excavation in Turkey was shot on assignment in 2000 and 2001 for National Geographic Magazine. it was the highlight of my career to date and was professor George Bass' final U/W excavation as director. George literally invented underwater archaeology in the '60's. It was truly a great honor and a privilege to work with him and his amazing crew from INA. This wreck produced several new points of knowledge about ancient Greek sea going vessels. Read the story in the March, 2002 issue of National Geographic Magazine.
32 imagesThe Battle of Trafalgar was one of the most important turning points in history and determined the end of Napoleon's ambitions on England in 1705. The final scene occurred within the mouth of the harbor of Cadiz, where the survivors of the slaughter wrought upon the crew of the French flagship Bucentaure ultimately died in the storm that followed their heroic retaking of their vessel from their captors while under tow. The people of Cadiz watched in horror from the Torres (watch towers) and prayed in dozens of baroque Catholic Churches throughout the city. It is still considered to be one of, if not the greatest sea victories in naval history. Read about it 300 years later in the October, 2005 National Geographic Magazine. This was one of the most frustrating assignments I've done for the magazine. Near zero visibility, strong currents, no excavation being done to photograph and none of the new shipwrecks being found that had been predicted by the archaeologists who pitched the assignment to the Geographic. Cadiz is beautifully preserved historic sight and a real delight to visit!
20 imagesBlackbeard's flagship, the Queen Ann's Revenge was a delightful, if difficult National Geographic Magazine assignment shot in 2005 and published in July, 2006. Visibility averaged 10' and on the singular day that it cleared to 20' for an hour you'd have thought we had just made a dive in Cayman by the excitement heard over the "awesome clarity". Among barrel hoops, pewter plates, stemware, anchors and cannons, was Blackbeard's head... a lead pissdale, which is a funnel shaped urinal that guided one's excrement down and out of the poop deck. Cold, murky water with strong currents, the highlight for me was working with a beloved comrade from an earlier Geographic assignment, David Moore. Dave's specialty is knowing everything there is to know about ship construction of the era. He could look at any fragment of wood and tell you what it was and where it belonged on the ship. Respect!