Philip started diving thirty years ago and after witnessing dramatic changes at sea, he decided to use underwater photography as a means to report and record the fast changes that were occurring but also as a way to share its beauty with people who were not familiar or drawn in anyway to the sea. Like most good things in life, he claims they are not enjoyed in the same way, if not shared with the people we love.
In 2014 he finally turned the page on his previous professional activities and dedicated himself fully to the ocean and its conservation.
"I'm a firm believer that through Film & Photography, especially now with social media, we can still protect nature the way explorers and photographers helped to created parks like Yellowstone back in 1872. Most of my professional career, I was surrounded by well educated, maybe the best educated people on earth, PhD and MBAs everywhere. Unfortunately, one thing I noticed is that only very few knew anything about the ocean and the importance of it. Not to mention its beauty & magnificence. It is only through knowledge that humans can potentially care and eventually protect"
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"Teeming with images of spectacular underwater scenes from around the world, Call of the Blue is the culmination of a five-year project by the photographer and ocean conservationist Philip Hamilton. This groundbreaking book includes contributions from acclaimed scientists and ocean ‘guardians’, who reveal what drove them to answer the call of the blue"
Literary Review – photo extract (November 2018)
The Times – photo extract (26 October 2018)
Telegraph – Nov 17th 2018- Photo with extended caption
DIVE Magazine- 2018-2019 Autumn Winter issue
Daily Mail 2017
Travel & Leisure 2017
Revista Del Domingo , El Mercurio June 1st 2020
Tras haber recorrido varias veces los mares del planeta, Hamilton está con- vencido de que la producción y difusión de este tipo de documentales es una de las herramientas más eficaces para la conservación.
GQ Magazine, Dec 22nd, 2018
The underwater photographer who risks his life for the perfect shot. Philip Hamilton's new book 'Call Of The Blue' is a beautiful, otherworldly compendium of underwater photographs. Here, he describes the challenges – and life-threatening dangers – of getting those pictures
DECEMBER 6TH 2018, by Samantha Weinberg
It was, he admits, a calculated decision to mix beautiful pictures with harsh words: “I’m not trying to deceive myself [by] hiding the problems and pretending that everything is perfect out there.” Yet he realised that the book would go unnoticed without beautiful photographs. “A single photo can be the most powerful conservation tool,” he says. This magnificent book is his call to arms. Let’s hope it works.
Book contributions :
Pantera Magazine n2
Silent World , Dangerous Marine Animals, etc
or via Instagram @philip.hamilton.photography
Nov 19th 2018 Natural History Museum, London
@CalloftheBlue book launch and fine print exhibition.
Upcoming Event and exhibitions 2020:
London Octobre 2020
© 2020 PHILIP HAMILTON