DoP Peter Zuccarini was just 12 when he started taking photographs underwater. Growing up in Key Biscayne, Florida, he spent his childhood exploring the island's beaches and learned to free dive to catch lobsters when he was 11.
"I'd decided I didn't want to just pull things out of the sea and thought photography was a good alternative," he explains. "I saved all my money from odd jobs and bought an underwater camera, housing and scuba gear and started shooting at a very young age."
It was the beginning of a lifelong passion for documenting marine life. After graduating from Brown University, Peter worked as a staff videographer at a shark research lab. After specialising in filming sharks for several years, he'd made contacts in the wildlife filmmaking world and moved into more general underwater wildlife work, then into the motion picture industry.
Peter has since become one of the world's most sought-after underwater specialists, with a string of Hollywood blockbusters to his name, including Life of Pi, Jurassic World, Venom, the Pirates of the Caribbean series and the upcoming Avatar sequels.
When the Covid-19 pandemic put Peter's busy shooting schedule on pause, he went home to Key Biscayne, where he had the opportunity to return to his roots, filming the sea life on his doorstep. Here, he shares how the Canon ME20F-SH video camera enabled him to document rare coral spawning in almost total darkness, and how the Canon EOS R5's compact size has revolutionised underwater videography for him.