Chuck Babbitt was born on the edge of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California and is a twenty-five-year resident of Hawaii. He studied Geology at California State University Chico and the University of Montana. He has spent a long career in the environmental remediation industry but throughout his life he’s always has a camera close at hand. Inspired as a child by Jacques Coustea’s movies of the underwater world he got certified to scuba dive at fifteen years old. From the old Nikonos underwater film camera that his Uncle gave him as a teen to the high-resolution digital equipment of today he has been taking images for close to fifty years.
Chuck’s deep love of the science and beauty of the natural world drives his passion for photography which can range from the most intricate details of an Indonesian pygmy seahorse to wide-angle aerial images of molten lava flowing miles from a Hawaiian volcanic vent to the ocean. He believes the more he knows about his subject the better he can convey the essence of his subject to the viewer. In his photography he uses his deep technical knowledge of the craft with a naturalist’s eye for the critical moment to create images that he hopes will move the viewer to see the world in a new, more intimate, way. With wildlife and wilderness under threat like never before he hopes his images will remind people to take care, or even better, to take action to protect what is left.