When Matt Draper takes a photo of a great white shark, he’s not just snapping a picture: he’s helping capture the fearsome beauty of marine life, turning an image into a work of fine art. Draper, a self-taught photographer, has spent years traversing the oceans and free-diving for his photography, creating arresting images of some of the most misunderstood species on the planet, from orcas to tiger sharks. His goal: help us transform our fear into fascination, in turn teaching us to be better stewards of the oceans and the animals that inhabit them. Each of his photographs is taken in a single breath, using natural light and as little disturbance from his presence as possible. The result is art that respects, educates, and impresses all to encounter it. The Musings team is proud to have one of Draper’s striking works hanging in our office.