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Colin Bates

Coastal Imageworks was conceived in the year 2000 and is the artistic playground of Colin Bates. He has been taking and manipulating photos, audio, and video for most of his life.

To keep life exciting and varied, Colin wears many hats:

1) He is a professor of Life Sciences at Quest University Canada. He has a Ph.D. in marine science through the Department of Botany at the University of British Columbia. He regularly teaches seaweed biology and science filmmaking at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre.

2) he is addicted to polar environments, and each year travels to Antarctica (austral summer), where he works as a polar expedition guide & lecturer. He has also worked in the Canadian High Arctic & Greenland.

3) he regularly teaches scientists how to communicate their findings using video.

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4) he has been playing, writing, and recording music since the mid 1980's. He currently plays in two bands in Squamish, BC: drums with Tantalus Pass, and bass with the Offroaders. Over the years, he has played with Ten Feet Tall, Little Manfred, the Dirmitts, Space Cadet, and Matthew Good.Every now and again, he has a great time playing drums in Bamfield's legendary party band, "the Broken Group".

Colin's images have appeared in the Vancouver Sun, Queue Magazine, Canadian Musician Magazine, the permanent art collection of Canada's National Research Council, the Fredericton Airport, Princeton University Press, Lickle Publishing, the Mauritius Research Council, Blackwell Publishing, the Beatty Biodiversity Museum, Conde Naste Traveller, Canadian Museum of Nature, as well as in numerous young-educational and university-level textbooks. Colin has found artistic challenges and successes on both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts of Canada, is continuing his endeavor to capture spectacular images, promote biodiversity, and enjoy life to the fullest.