Terry Goss is a Divemaster, photographer, and musician in San Jose, California.
I was born and raised in and around the Los Angeles area, and began my artistic explorations as an illustrative artist - achieving special recognition throughout secondary school and attending summer session at Art Center College of Design. Beginning musical studies at age eleven, music quickly took over my focus going into high school. I attended Hamilton Academy of Music, and some notable schoolmates included producer/bassist Michael Elizondo, pianist Vernell Brown, drummer Abe Laboriel, Jr. and trumpeter Asdru Sierra. With bass guitar in hand, several bands and a multitude of performances and recordings ensued, continuing to the present day.
As former singer & bassist for 401k and lead-guitarist for Sourpuss, I can currently be seen and heard (on guitar, formerly bass and occasionally some vocals) with renowned Bay Area metal stalwarts Scorched-Earth Policy, and have shared the stage with such acts as Prong, Strapping Young Lad, Superjoint Ritual, Deftones, Jucifer, M.O.D., Hank III, Storm Large, Papa Roach, Skinlab, Soulcracker, Greg Kinh, and many others over the years. I was also recruited in 2010 as bassist for LD/50 - featuring guitarist Glen Alvelais of Forbidden (also Tenet & Testament), and Clark Brown of GZR - after completing work on the 2010 demo (which also featured drummer Jeremy Colson of Steve Vai & Billy Idol fame).
A lifelong lover of the oceans and marine wildlife - especially sharks! - I only began scuba diving in 2006 (becoming a "Divecon"/Assistant Instructor in early 2009). Having taken up playing around with digital photography just a year or so prior, the two activities were a natural complement; countless hours, miles, depths and cash later, there seems to be no turning back from this passion for the open water, and the documenting of its diversity and incredible fragility (and resilience).
As a shark photographer, I have been featured in Shark Diver Magazine, ScubaDiving.com, and several books including the Smithsonian Institute's Natural History (from DK Publishing), IUCN Redlist's Species on the Edge, and some others; as well as on the wall of California Academy of Sciences Steinhart Aquarium (San Francisco). I've managed to place well in various underwater photo competitions, recently as the winner of Marine Photobank's Ocean In Focus, with some subsequent pics on National Geographic's blog. Other projects are usually in the works (the past is never "good enough"...)....
When not in the water, I can usually be found behind a desk within the recesses of the financial markets, as a fully-licensed Somethingorother - and spreading the word for sharks and the oceans at every opportunity, like a broken record....
A quick note on gear: as the old saw goes, it's not the equipment, it's how you use it; I would hasten to add, however, having really good gear at your disposal just makes it that much easier to ply your craft. (With the added "benefit" of laying bare most of your inadequacies - can't blame the gear if it's the good stuff!...)
Underwater I use & favor: Nikon D300 bodies, Aquatica housing & ports, Nikkor & Tokina lenses, Sea&Sea strobes, Ultralight Control Systems arms & clamps, GoPro video cams, Xit404 housing knobs; USIA and Bare drysuits, Apollo & ScubaPro fins, Suunto computers, Oceanic gauges & computers, Aqualung regulators, Seaquest BCs, Otter Bay hoods, Pinnacle wetsuits, and Cressi masks. ... For now.
Above water I use & favor: Zon basses, G&L guitars & basses, Steinberger guitars, ESP guitars, Peavey 5150 amps, Carvin amps, Tech21 NYC preamps (but I also LOVE my Eden stompbox pre), Boss effects, Electro-Harmonix effects, D'Addario guitar & bass strings, Shure & AKG mics, AKG cans, Dunlop picks, and the good ol' Korg Pandora; also, Nikon D300 bodies, Nikkor lenses, Apple computers, Seagate drives, Crumpler bags. ... For now.
(photo credits - top: Amanda Cotton, Monterey, CA 2009; upper-middle: Olivia Chapman, Monterey, CA 2010; lower-middle: Jen & Mike Calibree, San Francisco, CA 2011; bottom: self-portrait, San Francisco, CA 2013.)