Fraser Island soldier crab shot grabs 45,000 Facebook likes
FRASER Island photographer Peter Meyer's stunning photo of soldier crabs has grabbed more than 45,000 likes on Tourism Australia's Facebook page.
It's also been shared more than 7900 times.
The photographer, who works as a part-time ranger guide with Kingfisher Bay Resort, also sells Fraser Island posters, calendars, cards and prints in his spare time.
From an early age he was inspired by the beauty of nature, often spending hours watching David Attenborough documentaries and reading National Geographic magazines.
The fascination with nature continued throughout his teen years and in early 1992 Peter earned a degree in biochemistry and ecology at Brisbane's Griffith University.
For the next few years, he worked with his father's business in a variety of capacities unrelated to anything in the world of nature.
But then in 1995, he joined Kingfisher and the largest team of interpretive rangers in the country.
Peter fell in love with the World Heritage-listed island and in 1997, he was given an old Nikon SLR by his brother-in-law.
He started taking photographs of the island but prior to that he had never taken a photo in his life.
Peter began by going out exploring on his weekends in an old Land Rover Series III.
He remembers hearing a passing comment from a person who said it was almost a sin to come to Fraser Island and not take any photos.
"There was so much of the island I hadn't seen so I just decided that I would explore the place as much as possible and make sure I documented it along the way by taking the odd photo," Peter said.
"From the beginning, there was a natural tendency for me to try and look at a normal everyday object or scene and try and bring out the magical quality that I felt it possessed."
Self-taught, Peter captures the beauty of Fraser Island and displays a great talent in communicating his understanding of the natural environment and its processes through his photography.
His images, of sometimes everyday subjects, can lead the observer to re-evaluate their views and attitudes towards the environment.
In 2000, Peter held his first solo exhibition, which received the highest visitation on record at the Hervey Bay Regional gallery.
Peter's work has also been donated to both the Italian and Chinese consulates, on behalf of the City of Hervey Bay.
His work is also displayed in Kingfisher Bay Resort's hotel rooms and main complex areas.
Peter lives on Fraser Island and works three days a week guiding the popular Cool Dingo backpacker tours.
In his spare time, through his company Living Gallery, Peter sells his photographic work which can be seen at www.livinggallery.com.au.