Von Wong told BuzzFeed he realized he wanted to work on a shark conservation project when he was in Fiji for a photography workshop. “Once I got thinking about a strong message I wanted to convey, a ‘shark shepherd’ was something that really resonated to me.” he said.
He said it was the first project he has done advocating for protections for sharks. “To be honest, it’s not something you hear about very much in Canada. … This project was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn more about them,” he said.
“Similar to squirrels at a park, the white-tipped reef sharks would hover around us curiously only to scamper off if anyone got too close,” he wrote. “Hoping to get the sharks in perfect position, our entire team tried their best to hug the walls and not make any sudden movements to not startle the timid creatures.”
10. For each photo shoot day, Von Wong had only a couple of hours to get his shots.
“…We only had a tiny two-hour window every day, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., where the sharks would be active and light rays visible. … Over the course of three days, we waited over six hours,” Von Wong wrote on his website.
Von Wong said the attention has been both “good and bad.”
“Some are impressed with the production; other people are wondering why go through the trouble,” he said.
“I’m just happy that there’s a conversation going on. Sharks get a lot of crap and don’t get nearly enough love,” he said.
16. Watch a video of the photo shoot here.
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