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Photographer Gary Parker

I admit it—I’m smitten. Photographer Gary Parker is my man of the moment. An award-winning photojournalist, portrait and commercial artist, Parker’s work delighted me instantly.

His website is correct when it describes him as a photographer who truly captures souls. It states, “No one’s quite sure how he manages, but Gary elicits from his subjects – human adult, child, animal, four-legged or two-toed – the part of themselves most of us try to hide – the spirit within.”

Being an animal lover, I first checked out the pet portraits and laughed out loud at the leaping cat about the land on its unaware owner. As I browsed through his other images of animals and animal people, I marveled at the range of expression Parker captures.

But animals form only a small percentage of his images. Parker is extremely versatile. He creates landscapes, product pictures, and fine art that are simple yet arresting. Even his corporate works brims with energy, color, and life. His site includes a large body of exuberant work on dwarfism that I guarantee will make you smile.

I don’t know Mr. Parker or have any stake in his success, but I enjoyed his work and think I can learn from studying it. Check out his site and see if you agree.

Elizabeth West

I’m a person who loves both words and images. A writer by profession, I’m a passionate photographer in my free time. I do not see the arts as a competitive activity, since no two people would ever create the same work even if they had the same subject. I welcome comments and suggestions from all.

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