As far back as I can remember I have been an artist. I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, I grew up drawing, my first paid art job was airbrushing Jean Jackets in the 80’s! Although my love for art led to an incredible career in tattooing that I still love today, I have always been drawn to my lifelong hobby of photography. I cannot remember a time in my adult life where any adventure has not found me with a camera in my hand. As an avid adrenaline junkie with a deep-rooted passion for speed, living life on the edge and exploration, I always knew that I would never stay in one spot very long. Growing up dirt poor, travel was something I always dreamed of doing and as fate would have it the US Army gave me that opportunity. In 2008 while in Cancun I revisited a skill first leaned in the Army while in Mombasa, Kenya in 1993. I went for a dive that sunny Yucatan afternoon and it changed my life. Now 8 short years later, I have logged over 3000 dives spanning the blue surface of this planet in search of the next great dive location. Today I make my living as a photographer and tattoo artist. I have been professionally tattooing for over 28 years and have made Northern, VA my home and on the beam of life I balance two incredible careers that inspire and refresh one another. My life is a balancing act of passions; my daughters, my art and the peace and tranquility awaiting me every time I slip below the waves. Thank you for taking the time to visit my site and discovering the underwater world as well as the world above as I see it through my viewfinder. It’s always there, our world, her Ocean, it amazes, it comforts, its surrounds us with life. Its beauty, its majesty, humbles me, inspires me, it consumes my dreams and imagination and I have been lucky enough to explore every corner of her. Most of all I have been lucky enough to share this journey with you. …Welcome to my world…Welcome To The Silence Gregory Piper