James Thompson | Photographer

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Where are you from?

Jersey.

WHAT’S A TYPICAL DAY LIKE FOR YOU?

No two days are ever the same but usually I'm either in a gym, behind a camera or ideally in the ocean!

WHAT ARE THE FONDEST MEMORIES FROM YOUR UPBRINGING THAT YOU FEEL IMPACTED YOUR LIFE CHOICES AND LIFESTYLE TODAY?

Being in water from before I can even remember, it is still now the place I feel at peace, nothing even comes close to it. I've always loved the sea and the sense of adventure it brings.

WHAT DO YOU VALUE MOST IN LIFE?

Health, Respect and Kindness. The little gestures in life can go a long way.

What/who currently inspires you?

Other creatives out there. Looking at an image that just makes my jaw drop and sit back and think wow.

What path did you choose after leaving school?

Initially I went to university to be a mechanical engineer however missed being active and being by the ocean too much so stopped, came back to Jersey and worked on boats and or in gyms ever since and do not regret it.

What have been the biggest challenges you've had to overcome? 

Being told I can't do something or shouldn't try. At so many points in my life have I been told I'm not capable of doing something by others. It used to get me down and stop me from doing what I love. I've learnt to not let it bother me and now usually prove these people wrong and if not then I can feel proud for trying.

What would you most like to change in the world/environment today? 

People's understanding and appreciation for the earth. We have the most amazing beaches, oceans and landscapes yet I see people litter, pollute and show no appreciation for it. People need to understand the damage they do when they drop a plastic bag or a cigarette butt and also appreciate the earth otherwise its beauty will soon be lost.

Are there any books/documentaries that have guided your thinking? 

Little bit cliché but anything by David Attenborough. Blue planet especially is just inspiring.

What brings you the most joy? 

The ocean, photography and being able to capture something truly special. That moment when everything comes together and you feel at peace with yourself. This is something that the ocean does for me. My fondest memories are all of the sea.

What legacy do you hope to leave? 

Even if one of my pictures can inspire or impact a person then I will feel I have achieved something.