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Landscape and outdoor photographer, based in Sheffield, UK.
Amateur Photographer who plays with big cameras and film when in between digital photographs.
Dave Parry reviewed the Chamonix 045F1 in our last issue and we thought we'd ask him about his own photography and how he occasionally combines his love of climbing and landscape to make great environmental portraits.
Can you tell me a little about your education, childhood passions, early exposure to photography and vocation?
I always did pretty well at school, although I was never really into art I did play a lot of music, I was pretty handy on piano and clarinet although playing both at the same time was a nightmare (joke). My dad always carted his Pentax ME Super around in one of those leather everyready cases and shot a lot of Kodachrome. One of my defining childhood memories is sitting through endless slideshows of family holidays and our frequent jaunts up to the North York Moors to see the trains. I remember loading the slide carousels from those yellow plastic Kodak boxes and there was always a few rolls of film waiting in the fridge. My dad and grandad used to print their own black and white stuff in their bathroom so I suppose I've got a bit of photography in the blood, although I don't think my dad ever considered it as anything more than a documentary record of family events. Incidentally my sister has also ended being a bit of a photographer too.
One early photo memory I have is seeing a slideshow by a local professional photographer called Barry Payling featuring his landscape work from Scotland shot on (I think) a Hasselblad. It was probably the early 90s so the shots will probably have been on Velvia or whatever Ektachrome people were using prior to that. I remember being blown away by the images and the fact I remember this one event 20 odd years later says something. The images gave me the impression Scotland was some kind of almost mythical realm that I must one day explore. I still feel that way today, as personally I've only scratch the surface of Scotland and I should get up there more.
As a kid I got into walking and camping through Cubs and Scouts, and this led in my teens to backpacking and scrambling and eventually to rock climbing and mountaineering when I was doing my A-Levels. My love of the outdoors, especially my local Peak District and higher mountains, probably started back then and I still am infected by it. We also used to have family holidays up in Northumberland quite a bit and on the North York Moors, so those places mean a lot to me now.
Thanks to Dave for the answers and images - if you want to see more of Dave's work you can visit his website www.daveparryphotography.co.uk or his twitter feed twitter.com/TheDaveParry or 500px.com/daveparry.