Photographer Ben Lowy's career started with a rather large lie to an editor, about being able to speak Arabic and Hebrew, just to go to a conflict zone. Since the start of his career covering the Iraq War in 2003, Lowy has become well-known for his images of war zones in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya among other places. After the deaths of colleagues, photojournalists Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros in Libya, Lowy turned his lens more to the beauty of nature and adventure photography.
Here's a look at the range of subjects Lowy has captured with a unique perspective.
In this photo, U.S. troops with 3rd Platoon Alpha Company 3-21 Stryker Brigade, and elements of the Iraqi Army raid the home of a suspected insurgent, taking him prisoner.
An Iraqi mechanic sleeping in the courtyard of a toolshed is woken and arrested by American soldiers after a masked Iraqi Concerned Citizen informant accused the mechanic of being an Al Qaeda sympathizer, during a late night raid on August 1, 2007 in Arab Jabour, Iraq.
Due to a high level of IEDs in the area the company size raiding party walked five kilometers (three miles) to the target in complete darkness, raided the target houses, detained questionable suspects and walked five kilometers (three miles) back to waiting humvees.
Iraqi civilians stare at a passing American Army Humvee as the unit patrols a commercial district of Abu Ghraib.
Since Lowy couldn't go anywhere in Baghdad without armed protection, he decided to show the perspective of Iraqi life seen through a Humvee -- the same perspective of U.S. troops had much of the time. The series of images reflect a distance and detachment, with the windows symbolic of the barriers to dialogue between an occupying force and the country's people.
A man waits in a triage tent in the Port au Prince General Hospital before being evacuated to the USS Comfort hospital ship. The left side of his face was cut off by falling glass during the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
In 2012, the Star Jet roller coaster sits in the calm surf off the coast of New Jersey's hard-hit shore, days after Hurricane Sandy decimated its boardwalk home and sent the ride tumbling into the sea.
A female great white shark inspects a piece of hanging bait as she swims past several dive cages, in Isla Guadalupe, Mexico on November 11, 2015. In other dive locations around the world, many tour operators "chum" the water, spilling blood and fresh food into the sea, hoping to start a shark feeding frenzy. Most if not all of the operators working within the waters of Isla Guadalupe have taken a different tack.
As the eco-tourism market has grown, so has the goal of not habituating sharks to a human presence. While tourists and divers want to get close to the great white, the goal is not to have the sharks see people and each boat as a source of food. That could lead to dangerous incidents. Rather, the frozen tuna "bait" is merely hung, enticing the shark's interest and curiosity, but not enough to feed these massive predators.
Lowy photographed this series on eco-tourism and shark for The New York Times.
Established by the government of Palau, reef sharks and other marine life occupy a massive protected marine reserve the size of France on August 29, 2015 in the territorial waters of Palau in Micronesia.