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Jul202011

Gene Page

Photo by Tom HundleySixth generation Floridian Gene Page grew up mostly in the Tampa Bay area with one grandfather being the publisher of the local (Bradenton) newspaper and the other an artist and maritime historian (on Anna Maria Island).
It was this unique background that got Gene started on his life-long interests in water, (particularly being under it), history, travel and photography.
Gene started learning about photography in the dark room at the Bradenton Herald while being exposed to numerous houseboat trips and Jacques Cousteau shows on television at his maternal grandparent's house on Anna Maria Island.
This led Gene to being allowed to use scuba at age 11, (after reading a book about scuba diving and answering enough questions correctly), while on a family camping trip on the Weeki Wachee River. Gene had his first photo published in a newspaper a year later.
Gene's parents divorced, and after his mother remarried, the family traveled overseas living in Germany, Italy and Taiwan, in addition to California prior to going to Taiwan. After all of this, Gene decided to join the air force between high school and college and was stationed in Turkey and Germany.
Coming back to the states after the service, Gene was anxious to start college and he could now attend with his brother, who is four years younger. So, while working part-time at The Bradenton Herald and The St. Petersburg Times as a freelance/intern photographer, Gene went to St. Petersburg Junior College for two years and then transferred to the University of Florida to get an undergraduate degree in photojournalism. While at UF, Gene also interned at the Palm Beach bureau of The Miami Herald and he got to start his underwater photography with such assignments as the Spanish wreck off the public beach in Jupiter as well as the submarine races off Singer Island. Gene also fortunately met his future wife Kim in a fine arts photo class at UF.
After three years at UF and working at the student paper, The Independent Florida Alligator, Gene went to New York for graduate school at Long Island University's C.W. Post Campus. While there Gene did some work for the newspaper Newsday. After graduating from LIU and now married, Gene and Kim moved upstate to Cortland, New York to work with The Syracuse Newspapers in and around Syracuse. They lived there for three years and it was during this time that Gene decided he wanted to shoot publicity still photographs on film and television productions. (Gene also had a long time interest in film making and used an old 8mm movie camera starting in 4th grade to make student films with family and friends. Years later Gene would visit various film sets as a photojournalist in addition to visiting film and television studios while living in California while in high school.)
After taking the first motion picture still photography course offered at the Maine Photographic Workshops, Gene started working on low budget independent films on his days off from the newspaper, driving back and forth from Cortland to the New York City metro area. After two years of this, and moving to Manhattan, Gene finally got into the union, which opened the door for more production work and on bigger budget films.
Gene and Kim had their first child, Gene V, and they decided to move back to their native Florida and selected historic Micanopy. Gene continued with his movie and television work while also teaching as an adjunct at UF.
Having always been interested in diving but never having gone through the classes to get certified, Gene started taking various courses to become a better wreck diver and then of course fell in love with cave diving.
Gene, Kim, Gene V and daughter Carter live in the woods of Micanopy enjoying family life and travel as Gene goes on assignment for various productions.