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Steve Parish sees himself working in two creative spaces as a photographer. The first, is through the eye of a naturalist/educator. The second, as an artist. At times, these two spaces overlap.
However, as a naturalist/educator he is more inclined to compose and produce his images with clear, story-telling features. When in the headspace of artist, he is more inclined to maximise the emotional pull of a composition through colour, form, texture or line. As time goes on, and especially in the digital world, he is more inclined to work in solitude and in a calm space, where his own emotions in the moment are skillfully incorporated in the production of the image.
While at the point of capture, he can apply a full gambit of techniques to realise these objectives, he can also apply additional emotional effect during the post-production process. As a photographer/publisher, he sees words as being essential and complementary to his story-telling processes.
Steve Parish OAM is an emotionally-sensitive, inspirational and widely-acclaimed photographer of Australia’s unique wildlife, flora, landscapes and places with over 50 years experience. Through his work as a passionate photographer, naturalist, author, educator, public speaker and publisher his drive is to connect people, especially children, to nature. Steve lectures and leads tours nationally through his Events on www.steveparish-natureconnect.com.au . He is a champion of the protection of wildlife and the natural environment, and promoting the natural history of Australian ecosystems. During the last 40 years, the public has connected with Steve’s work through more than 2500 publications and for his efforts he was awarded the OAM in 2008. Steve is a resident of the Sunshine Coast and is currently building a digital arts studio in the rainforest at Mount Mellum.
As part of my ongoing commitment, a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of his ASONE Fine Art collection is being directed towards Bush Heritage Australia and the Queensland Alliance For Mental Health Inc. Together, we plan to work with Bush Heritage Australia and ‘mental well being’ organisations towards the life enhancement of all living things.