After graduating from a Bachelor of Digital Media in 2015, Risi has made his mark as a freelance photographer and videographer, specialising in weddings, corporate portraits, food and events, but his passion will always be shooting below the surface of the water.
Risi gained an interest in creative expression at a young age through the influence of an artist mother, grandmother and grandfather. Growing up surfing, it was only a matter of time that he would combine his love for the ocean and creativity to pursue a lifestyle filled with adventure.
With focus a on photography and videography, Risi shoots in a style that has subdued tones of poetic and observational documentary. He experiments with stories, relations and explorations of the self and the other, within social, cultural and environmental constructs. He achieves this through the exploration of the organic environment above and below the sea to create works that can be presented in different forms such as photographic series, documentaries, music videos, art installations and short films to increase awareness of our responsibility as humans to think and act as environmentally conscious beings that are sharing this planet with more than one species.
Risi fell in love with ocean conservation during his professional dive training whilst reading about the ocean and the effects of climate change, overfishing, shark finning, and plastic debris.This was then reinforced when his Thai boat captain moored up next to a fishing vessel and traded a box of cookies for a dead black tip reef shark, in front of the customers, right before a dive where unfortunately, no sharks could be spotted. This sparked a desire in him to dedicate his life to ocean conservation.