About: A Photographic Journey

Xenasaphus devexus, Ordovician Period, St. Petersburg Region, Russia
Accumulation of Xenasaphus devexus molts, Ordovician Period, St. Petersburg Region, Russia. A typical specimen on this slab would have been about 11.5 cm long in life.

Chris Cunningham grew up among the frozen wastes of Minnesota with interests in nature and science, especially geology, biology, and paleontology. In particular, Chris has had a life-long interest in trilobite collecting. He grew up on early and middle Paleozoic rocks and spent much of his childhood exploring road cuts and quarries in Minnesota and northern Iowa at such places as the St. Paul Brickyards and the Rockford Brick and Tile Company Quarry.

As an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, he was most interested in geology and physics. He continued his graduate studies in geology, biology, and paleontology at Kansas State University and the University of Kansas where he focused primarily on late Paleozoic rocks and fossils.

After graduate school, Chris worked as Curator of Paleontology at the Houston Museum of Natural Science in the mid-1990’s. During that time, he was fortunate enough to work on several trilobite-related projects.

Starting about five years ago, Chris’s interest in photography greatly expanded. His discovery of bird-watching and photo-birding lead to setting up a digital bird photography blog (twoshutterbirds.com) with his wife, Elisa. During super-telephoto down-time in the field, Chris will often pick up the 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens and ring-flash and try to capture some insect or botanical images. This interest in macro has lead directly to the genesis of Trilobite Seas.

Chris and Elisa now continue to dream of travels to new geological and ornithological hotspots, upgrading equipment while working to improve technique, and increasing their depth and breadth of knowledge in the natural sciences. Chris hopes that Trilobite Seas will help rekindle a life-long love of trilobites and the Paleozoic Era.

Chris Currently teaches physics in Houston, Texas.

Chris Cunningham at Guadalupe National Park, West Texas.
Chris Cunningham at Guadalupe National Park, West Texas. El Capitan and the famous Permian reef complex is behind.

There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are. –Ernst Haas

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