Gary’s photographs totally intrigue me. They draw you in, sucking you into his ocean wonderland. I think i’m addicted. His photos are beautifully composed and he injects even his most lively shots with a stillness, a moment in time. For a few seconds it’s just you and the ocean, floating between the waves before you realise you’re on your laptop. I can’t wait to see where Gary and his pals adventure next and the photographs they take.
So who are you?
My name is Gary Parker, i’m 28 and grew up in the hills but was always drawn to the coast. I now live in Jan Juc, Victoria and work as a designer. I like to surf everyday if I can as it always makes the day a good one.
Who and what inspires you?
Photography has always been a big part of my life but more so recently so than ever. I seem to be inspired by everything around me when I am shooting and time seems to not exist. My parents moved around a lot when I was younger and I think that has sparked my love for travel and the unknown. For me seeing things you have never seen before makes me feel alive and capturing those moments keeps them alive.
What is it about surfing and the ocean that tickles your fancy?
Too be completely honest I have no idea and I don’t think anyone can truly answer that one. I guess the initial spark for me began when I was around 12 years old when my parents bought a holiday house down the coast. I remember body boarding in board shorts in the middle of freezing cold winter not really realising what it was I was doing or why I was drawn to it. I would come out blue, and be cold all day but I couldn’t wait to do it all again.
Do you have a camera that you use the most? What do you like about it?
Yeah I guess my camera that I use most today is my Canon 7D but I have quite a few different cameras that I love to play with… It is quite easy however to get caught up in all the camera/tech talk but really at the end of the day they all do a similar thing. I love film and I love digital.
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An interview with ocean dweller and photographer Gary Parker