Patrick BakerArticle | Updated 1 years agoPatrick Baker’s work can be found throughout Western Australian Museum publications, exhibitions, websites, and archives. His 48 years as a specialist photographer and his participation in over 70 marine expeditions has enormously contributed to the field of maritime archaeology. Coral Shallows, Goss Passage, Abrolhos, 1979 Photo by Patrick Baker "Henrietta's Anchor", Batavia wreck site, Abrolhos, 1977 Photo by Patrick Baker Hugh Edwards films iron cannon, Batavia wreck site, Abrolhos, 1989 Photo by Patrick Baker Hugh Edwards films iron cannon, Batavia wreck site, Abrolhos, 1989 Photo by Patrick Baker Excavating the ship's timbers, Batavia wreck site, Abrolhos, 1973 Photo by Patrick Baker Batavia wreck site, Abrolhos Photo by Patrick Baker Batavia wreck site, Abrolhos Photo by Patrick Baker Jeremy Green above the transome timbers, Batavia wreck site, Abrolhos, 1975 Photo by Patrick Baker Raising the fashion piece, Batavia wreck site, Abrolhos, 1975 Photo by Patrick Baker Reconstructing the Batavia, Fremantle, 1987 Photo by Patrick Baker Batavia reconstruction team: Brian Richards, Geoff Kimpton, Rosemary Harper, Jeremy Green Photo by Patrick Baker Batavia reconstructed hull and Edam model, WA Maritime Museum, Fremantle 1989 Photo by Patrick Baker Batavia Gallery, WA Maritime Museum, 2000 Photo by Patrick Baker Batavia inner hull, WA Maritime Museum, 2000 Photo by Patrick Baker Batavia reconstructed hull, WA Maritime Museum, 2000 Photo by Patrick Baker Sandstone Portico, cargo from Batavia, Fremantle 1999 Photo by Patrick Baker School visit, Batavia Gallery, WA Maritime Museum, 1996 Photo by Patrick Baker Royal visit. Netherlands' Crown Prince William Alexander dives the Batavia site Photo by Patrick Baker Pat became interested in underwater exploration at the age of ten. The specialist diving books in the Chelsea Public Library were well thumbed, and articles in the National Geographic Magazine devoured. The work by diving greats Hans and Lotte Hass fuelled Pat’s intrigue as he envisioned the way divers could experience the untouched past. Pat began to study photography in high school. His passion later led him to enrol at the Polytechnic School of Photography in London. During his time at Polytechnic he developed technical skills that proved integral to his career, often constructing his own camera equipment to further develop underwater photography techniques. Although he had previously undertaken scuba diving lessons, it was not until Pat completed a recreational underwater archaeology course in 1969 that he realised he could combine diving with his interest in photography. It was during this time that he made the acquaintance of Jeremy Green who invited him to work on a shipwreck expedition in Cyprus. Jeremy recognised the value in having specialist photographers on marine projects; they are able to record and map underwater sites, as well as document the excavation and conservation process. Following the success of this expedition Pat ventured to underwater archaeological projects in Britain, Sweden and the Azores. Patrick's first successful underwater archaeological photograph. Cyprus 1970 Photo by Patrick Baker In 1971 Pat again found himself in contact with Jeremy, who had since become the Head of Marine (now Maritime) Archaeology at the WA Museum. Jeremy’s team had received funding to excavate the 1629 shipwreck of the Batavia, which lay 50 kilometres off the coast of Western Australian. Pat was offered a place as the photographer within the department, a position he has remained in for over four decades. Photographs from the Batavia Discovery Batavia archway stones laid out after being raised from the site Image copyright WA Museum Bringing the cannon down the jetty Image copyright WA Museum Bringing the cannon down the jetty Image copyright WA Museum Cataloguing and processing artefacts Image copyright WA Museum Divers testing equipment off the jetty before venturing out to the site. Image copyright WA Museum Divers working on the site Image copyright WA Museum Excavating a concreted pile of cannon balls Image copyright WA Museum Inspecting timbers as they are removed from Henrietta Image copyright WA Museum Labelling and recording the hull timbers before removal Image copyright WA Museum Lifting a cannon Image copyright WA Museum The Museum's workboat, Henrietta Image copyright WA Museum Raising one of the hull timbers Image copyright WA Museum The famous Batavia astrolabe Image copyright WA Museum The Museum's workboat, Henrietta Image copyright WA Museum Trip back from the site to Beacon - timbers are in the crate at the back where they remained wet. Image copyright WA Museum Underwater chainsaws were used to make some of the largest pieces more manageable when removed Image copyright WA Museum View from Henrietta down the jetty to Beacon Island Image copyright WA Museum View of the site before timbers were raised Image copyright WA Museum Work uniform of the time... Image copyright WA Museum Working on the site with the dredge Image copyright WA Museum Working on the site with the dredge Image copyright WA Museum In addition to his work on Western Australian wrecks such as the Batavia, James Matthews and SS Xantho, Pat has also worked on the HMS Pandora in Queensland, HMS Sirius on Norfolk Island and King Henry VIII’s Mary Rose in England. Pat’s skill set has led him to volunteer his services for other marine science investigations; zoological, botanical ecological, geological and anthropological. His thorough understanding of the field and his eagerness to share knowledge has provided invaluable resources. He has twice won the international BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition (1986 and 1996), and has had his work featured in multiple publications. In 2014 the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology (AIMA) announced the Patrick Baker Award, given for exceptional underwater photography. View the discussion thread.