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 in 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 adolescence. I attended Hamilton Academy of Music, and some notable schoolmates included producer/bassist Michael Elizondo, producer/percussionist Manolo Marroquin, pianist Vernell Brown, drummer Abe Laboriel, Jr. and trumpeter Asdru Sierra. Initially with a guitar and later bass in hand, several bands and a multitude of performances and recordings ensued, continuing to the present day.

As former singer/bassist/lyricist for 401k, lead-guitarist for Sourpuss, guitarist & former bassist & occasionally some vocals with renowned Bay Area metal stalwarts Scorched-Earth Policy, I can currently be seen and heard with Livermore-based EARTH CRAWLER - featuring Glen Alvelais, and ex-members of Falling to Pieces & Left Of Christ. I was also previously recruited as bassist for LD/50 - featuring guitarist Glen Alvelais (Forbidden, Tenet, Testament), drummer Jeremy Colson (Steve Vai, Billy Idol), and Clark Brown (GZR/Geezer).

 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. 

When not in the water, I can usually be found behind a desk within the recesses of the financial markets, as a fully-licensed Somethingorothermobob - 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 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, Tusa, Apollo & ScubaPro fins, Suunto computers, Oceanic gauges & computers, Aqualung regulators, Seaquest BCs, Otter Bay hoods, Pinnacle & Aqualung wetsuits, and Cressi masks. ... For now.

Above water I use & favor: Zon, Fender, G&L, ESP, Taylor, & Steinberger guitars & basses; Accugroove cabinets, QSC monitors, Peavey amps, Zoom processors, AMT preamps, Tech21 NYC preamps, Catalinbread effects, Wampler effects, Keeley effects, Boss effects, Digitech effects, D'Addario & Ernie Ball strings, Line6 wireless, Shure & AKG mics, AKG cans, Gravity picks, Dunlop picks; also, Nikon D300 bodies, Nikkor lenses, Apple computers, Seagate & WD drives, Crumpler bags. ... For now.

 

(photo credits - top: Amanda Cotton, Monterey, CA 2009; upper-middle: Olivia Chapman Goss, Pacific Grove, CA 2010; lower-middle: Jen & Mike Calibree, San Francisco, CA 2011; bottom: self-portrait, San Francisco, CA 2013.)

 

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