The offshore workplace does not often make for thoughts of blue skies, idyllic sunsets or striking charcoal and grey blended waves. Those outside the oil and gas sector are perhaps more to prone to imagining industry life as dreary or bleak.
But one worker with a flair for photography and an army of filters has captured the industry in a brand new light.
Armed with just an iPhone and his surroundings, Jeffrey Tuckerman began documenting his offshore life in 2009. With the experience being a first for him, he started taking pictures so his family and friends could see what the job entailed.
The 26-year-old said: “I began by posting photos on Facebook during my cadetship but since qualifying I have discovered Instagram and the wonders of hashtagging.
“I also prefer it as its sole purpose is for photos and this way I’m not bombarding people’s Facebook walls with photo after photo.”
Instagram however has proven itself as more than a sharing tool as the Ocean Osprey worker from Buckie has connected with industry members in Turkey, the Gulf of Mexico and Brazil.
Mr Tuckerman added: “I enjoy looking at the different photos of working environments and challenges that others face s much as I like knowing that people all over the world can see my photos.”
Back at sea he has even been dubbed the “ship’s photographer” and was asked to take pictures for the crew’s familiarity booklet that is given to new employees before they board.
The budding snapper, who hopes too buy a DSLR to work with said his favourite picture is one depicting the stern of the boat during a storm.
He added: “It’s extremely difficult to get a photo that does the rough weather justice.
“When you are out in horrible weather, it ends up not looking too bad on a photo, it’s quite hard to convey just how big the waves are when you are taking a photograph from above them.
“I think this photo help’s show how bad it can get out in the North Sea, with the angle of the ship and the white horses all around.”
Mr Tuckermans’s pictures can be viewed on Instagram by searching @Mantaforce.