Part French, part Dutch, and part Taiwanese — and having lived on three different continents — underwater photographer and model, Jade Hoksbergen, comes from a highly international background. At just 23 years of age, she is already an award winning underwater photographer and a frequent cover girl when found at the other end of a camera. With a dive-addicted father, Jade’s first experience on scuba came at just 9 years old and, growing up in the Philippines, was afforded plenty of opportunities to explore the underwater world. It was when working as a Divemaster in Saint Lucia that she first picked up an underwater camera, and a love for creative expression via photography quickly bloomed. With a distinctive style, Jade’s imagery is influenced by her paintings (and vice-versa) and is particularly focussed on fish and creature portraiture in the macro world.
Jade is currently based in Cebu City in the Philippines where she shares her passion for underwater photography with her husband, Henley Spiers, as well as their young daughter Apolline Luna.
Jade is also an ambassador for Fourth Element.
Hi I’m Jade Hoksbergen and I like to take photos of fish and creatures of the sea — particularly those that are small and strange-looking, as well as those that are often ignored and/or overlooked.
I would say that art has always been instrumental in my life. In fact, I have been painting long before I started clicking the camera underwater. But now, I find that my photography inspires my painting and my painting also shapes the way that I see the underwater world, and capture it. I think that my passion for underwater photography stems not only from a passion for art, but also an inclination for observation.
I have been living in the United Kingdom for the last three years in order to pursue my Bachelor of Science in Psychology, but have now relocated back to the Philippines, where I am closer to the ocean.
I hope that with my photography and art I can inspire others to see the beauty of the ocean which is unfortunately under incredible threat. I hope that it lends a voice to the small critters who are so helpless in the face of the collective ecological damage we are responsible for.