JAWS. The movie that made so many people terrified of going into the water, had a profound and lasting impact on Zach Ransom as well. The film didn’t elicit fear, in fact, quite the opposite. He was captivated by the actors, boats and SCUBA equipment, but most of all, the shark. This seminal experience planted a seed in his mind that would develop into a passion and career spent mostly underwater. Zach obtained his first SCUBA certification upon turning age 12. His fascination with photography soon followed him into the water, and he has continued to study and practice the art of underwater photography for the last decade. Zach’s primary focus has been on capturing the grace and power of the world’s sharks with his photos, in an attempt to draw attention to the many dangers that threaten these magnificent predators. Hooper said it best, “What we are dealing with here is a perfect engine, an eating machine. It's really a miracle of evolution. All this machine does is swim and eat and make little sharks, and that's all.”
At age 29, Zach has logged over 2,000 dives around the world, and is persistent in his desire to share time and space with sharks and other large marine predators. His photographs have been used in public displays and exhibitions, and have been featured by National Geographic and Scuba Diving Magazine. Prints of his work reside in hundreds of private homes across the country. Zach continues to explore the potential of his photography, and attempts to capture the beauty of marine organisms in their natural state.