Charles Howell, a self-taught photographer stumbled into his gift of vision. He is a professionally trained chef, graduating from the prestigious California Culinary Academy in San Francisco.

After working in fine dining restaurants, like Rubicon, Charles found his true love. In 2008, he was hired as a chef on-board the M/V Searcher, a passenger vessel specializing in natural history tours and long-range fishing trips.

In between his time preparing gourmet quality meals for passengers in the open ocean, Charles picked up his assistant’s camera and was a transformed into talented visual artist.

Every day, he relishes the opportunity to pick up his camera to capture the one-of-a-kind wildlife encounters as they unfold before him.

Be sure to check back often, as Charles will constantly be shooting rare and awe-inspiring images of the world around us.