About Julie Rogers
Growing up in the Savannah/Hilton Head area made it easy for Julie Rogers to develop a passion for the ocean and it's inhabitants. Going off to college to earn a degree in business and marketing interrupted her years near the sea but spawned another creative interest, photography. This interest would later become more than just a hobby. A chance meeting in 1992 during a trip to Hawaii gave her the break she needed. Wyland, the world's leading marine life artist, was about to embark on a tour of the east coast, during which he would paint 17 of his massive "Whaling Wall" murals. It was after volunteering to work at one of these walls, that the artist took notice of Julie's "good eye" for photography. Since then, she has traveled the world as Wyland's tour photographer, documenting the journey as he works to complete 100 of these marine masterpieces.
Over the years, this experience has served her well during her own worldwide expeditions. Whether swimming with a 90,000 pound humpback whale off the Dominican coast or petting baby harp seals on a Canadian glacier, she always seems to capture her subjects without being considered an intruder. "I'm in their world and I always respect that", she says. "The goal of my photography is to allow people to view animals in their natural environment and thereby instill the need for protection of these areas".
No matter where she travels, Julie is always anxious to return to her home on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Living near the ocean provides a constant source of material and inspiration. The dolphins, turtles, and other wildlife of her island sanctuary are always willing subjects when she shows up with camera in hand. "There is still so much I want to see and photograph," she says, "...polar bears, lions, orcas, pandas... I can hardly wait for the next adventure!"