New gallery connects humanity and nature
CRAIG Parry is more often than not submerged in water in front of 36 tonne whales who could crush him with one errand move.
Exhibiting ones work in the public eye can be just as nerve wracking, but for Craig it is a moment he has been focused on almost exclusively for the last three years.
After finding just the right venue the time is finally right to unveil the new 4x12 metre gallery in Fletcher Street in Byron Bay which is now scheduled to open in December.
It will initially sport more than 30 acrylic images, six premium images as well as 70 images on 12'x8' matt backing board, and a large stock room with onsite printing.
In addition, twelve stand out images over the last ten years have been selected to be displayed as one and a half metre prints.
"I am excited to once again get my photos off the computer and up on the wall to share with everyone,” Mr Parry said.
"When people come into my gallery I love watching their expressions and seeing how much emotion an image can invoke - such as when they look at a large print of a humpback whale's eye, it sparks an undeniable connection and the individual often feels a part of the experience.
"That is the major thing for me - to present my work in a form that creates emotion.”
Craig will also be exhibiting photos on a new format called the 'shadow box frame', which will see the image mounted off the back of the frame and take on the appearance of being suspended.
Other images, especially water images, will be exhibited on fine art metallic paper which has a subtle 3D effect enhancing the natural look of the water.
Craig Parry's career has seen him work with the likes of National Geographic, Discovery Channel and Travel Channel as well as winning the 'International Landscape Photographer of the Year' (2014) and 'Underwater Photographer of the Year' (2014).
He has also just become the first Australian to be announced as Sony's global ambassador.
"The part of photography that I really like is engaging and connecting with nature,” he said.
"Eye contact with some species of animals, it doesn't matter what species, means being for that split second in their consciousness.
"And being able to capture that split second is why I do what I do - I feel like I am freezing that connection between humanity and nature.”
Among other things, 2017 will see Craig run his African Predator Photography Workshop in Botswana in March, his Tonga Whale Photography Workshop in July and regular Oceanic Photography Workshops in Byron Bay - all which are still taking bookings.
He will also hold three specials exhibitions at the gallery under the themes of 'humpback, 'aerial' and 'Byron Bay' respectively.
"It does make my head spin, but I am really proud of what I have achieved and also having the support of my friends and family has been really important,” he said.
The gallery will open in December but the official launch will take place mid-January.
See www.craigparryphotography.com for details.