For Perth-based photographer Jarrad Parker, the memories of a childhood spent exploring Western Australia’s natural landscape turned a professional sign-writer into a professional photographer. Capturing almost fantasy-like landscapes, seascapes, and cloudscapes, Parker transports his audience to a new dimension of light on the natural world, “that can be anything from where and how the light is falling, to where and how the clouds are gathering,” Parker explains. “It’s coming back with images that put me back there and give me those moments to keep forever that becomes the intoxicating incentive”.
Parker aims to let each image guide its own path in capturing and editing, so the work ranges from dark and moody to bright and colourful, with texture and earthy tones scattered throughout. “My illustrative background,” says Parker, “drives a fixation for the textures, colours, and smaller details amongst a landscape.” This fixation allows him to encapsulate conditions that give his images depth, drama, and mysticism.
Only two years after Parker decided to turn photography into something serious, he was named runner up for Photographer of the Year 2016 in a competition run by the Focus Photographers Group, based in Sydney. Continuing his fast-paced, up-and-coming career, Parker was recently also named runner-up in the Landscape category of Australia’s Top Emerging Photographers 2017.