Meet The Member: Haydn Parkes

Haydn, why don't you introduce yourself...

After spending lots of time researching Queenstown, I left my home town in England 3 years ago to finally support my dream of living in New Zealand.

Growing up I had lots of hobbies and interests but nothing caught my attention as much as photography. This is definitely my passion and it is my dream to one day be able to utilize what I have learnt over the years to make this my full time job. Until that day comes, I work full time as a waterproof applicator... I enjoy my job but my real passion in life is photography!

So when did photography enter your life?

I first picked up a camera a few years ago after following many photographers online and showing an interest in their photos. I couldn't believe how big of a reception I got when I first started sharing my photos, first with family and friends and then to a much wider audience, this has urged me to carry on and push my work which has led me where I am today.

By Haydn Parkes

Do you have a style of photography that you lean towards?

When I first picked up my camera I focused mainly on landscape and astrophotography - obviously living in New Zealand there is an endless amount of scenery! However this led onto people contacting me to take specific photos of them doing their hobbies etc. Anything that involves me picking up my camera I enjoy and am willing to give pretty much any subject a go!

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What challenges have come up in your photography and how have you overcome them?

Time and money have most definitely been the biggest challenges that I have had to face so far. As I have a full time job there are many occasions when I wish I didn't have to go to work so I could go off and take photos instead. To make my passion for photography work, I have had to make sacrifices, for example staying up all night to get the perfect picture of the sky knowing I would be tired the next day at work, also putting on hold my other hobbies and interests - but it's all been worth it!

'Remarkables' by Haydn Parkes

Which is your favourite photo uploaded onto your Excio account?

It's a very hard choice but I would probably pick the panorama called Brow Peak. I feel it shows so many different aspects, with the sun glow from the sunset, the different depths on the right of the mountains, the Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu on left then my friend running on the ridgeline in center so this photo made it a special memory for us both.

"Brow Peak" by Haydn Parkes

What photography projects have you been working on during lockdown?

Obviously being in lockdown due to Covid-19 has been difficult as I've not been able to get out and about as much as I'd like! However, this is where I am grateful for living in such a beautiful country as I can take great shots from what is literally on my doorstep! I have also had lots of time to practice different shots including the milky way and focus on trying to control the light pollution in my astro shots.

By Haydn Parkes

How did you discover Excio and what made you join?

I first read about Excio when I subscribed to the NZPhotographer magazine. I immediately loved the concept of it, discovering other fellow photographers, reading about them and sharing ideas! I love that I am able to share my own story and photos with other like minded people.

What words of wisdom can you share with photographers who are just starting out?

Practice practice practice!!! I learned a lot (and still do) by watching hours of YouTube videos. Watching different people and different perceptions of how to do things really helps find your certain style.

By Haydn Parkes

Where can we see more of your work?

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