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Brian Ries grew up in Hillsboro, Oregon. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy, where he graduated with a B.S. in Physics (Class of 1993). While there, he also got certified to scuba dive on a cold, snowy, Thanksgiving weekend in a quarry in Pennsylvania. At which point he almost gave up scuba diving as a sport for the slightly insane and core body temperature-challenged. His first dive trip was a spring break trip to Key West. Taking his Dad’s 20-some year old Nikonos II Camera, he shot some pretty bad underwater photos and was hooked, primarily on being able to show his family what he saw. Spending five years as a submarine officer in the Navy, Brian was stationed on the USS PARCHE, SSN 683, out of Banger, Washington. With close access to multiple sites in Puget Sound, he slowly honed his photography skills and also worked his way up to certification as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OSWSI # 160000). But, his primary love remained photography, and it did not take long to realize he was not happy underwater without a camera in his hand. Deciding to resign his commission in the Navy, Brian got out and went back to school. Receiving an MBA from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, he started working in marketing and is now a Marketing Manager for The Toro Company in Riverside, CA. But, his love in life is still travel and photography, and he always looks forward to his next big trip to somewhere new in the world. His journeys have taken him to the Galapagos Islands, Australia and the Coral Sea, Truk Lagoon, the Red Sea, Cocos Island, and many more places. While his photography has evolved some from only underwater photos, that original Nikonos II has joined him on every dive trip.