Welcome to the blog for Thomas Parry Photography. My purpose is to inform the public about photographic projects I have recently completed as well as those in progress and planned for the future. I will periodically post articles about different aspects of photographing nature, people and places. As I work with new hardware and software tools, I will pass along lessons learned that may aid other photographers. I will periodically write reviews about photographic equipment with which I have experience and books I read that may be helpful to others. I hope you enjoy reading my blog and return frequently. I invite your thoughts, good ideas, opinions and feedback.
| 08 December, 2013 13:56
Thomas S. Parry, Field Contributor, Nature Photographer Magazine
The Nature Photographer Magazine 1st 2012 Contest Winners Special Edition issue is available for electronic download either in PDF format or as an iPad app viewable in the Nature Photographer Magazine Library App available from the Apple iPad App Store. This edition of Nature Photographer is their first-ever special edition showcasing the talent of some of North America’s best nature photographers. The issue contains more then 100 images including winners of the first Nature Photographer Magazine photo contest, the first Birds as Art international bird photography competition and select images from students at Narraguagus High School in Harrington, Maine. Included are clickable links to photographer’s websites and special slideshows. The number and variety of images in this publication and their beauty make owning this special edition worth the small investment.
I was privileged to have two of my images win the first Nature Photographer Magazine photo contest and be featured in this edition. I feel very honored to have my work published alongside the magnificent work of such talented nature photographers. The two images published are as follows:
Image 1: Grand Canyon Sunrise.
Photographed April 24, 2011 from the Desert View overlook, South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.
While visiting the Grand Canyon during the Easter weekend of 2011, I arose very early on Easter Sunday to drive to the Desert View overlook on the South Rim to witness and photograph the sunrise over the canyon. Clouds lingered over the canyon from a storm that moved through the area during the night. A short time after the sun rose and only for a brief moment, I caught the glorious rays of the sun filter down over a distant mesa. I thought to myself “what a marvelous sight to herald an Easter morning.”
Image 2: Overwintering Monarch Butterflies
Photographed November 5, 2011 at Pismo Beach, California
Every year, from October through February, tens of thousands of North American Monarch Butterflies migrate more than 2,500 miles south to coastal California and Mexico to escape the extreme cold of winter in the northern and central states and Canadian provinces. Monarch Butterflies are the only insect known to make such a lengthy and challenging migration each year. In November 2011, while visiting the Monarch sanctuary in Pismo Beach, California, I photographed this large cluster of overwintering Monarch butterflies. Monarchs are becoming increasingly threatened by adverse environmental factors and their numbers are diminishing. I was gratified, however, to find the quantity of overwintering Monarchs to be substantially higher in 2011 than what I’ve observed over the last two years.
To purchase the special PDF or iPad version of this special edition issue, you may visit the Nature photographer Magazine website at http://www.naturephotographermag.com and follow the instructions for purchase and download.
| 08 December, 2013 13:56
Professor Judy Zhu
Documentary photographer Thomas Parry’s latest work, The Timeless Faces of China, is a beautiful 280-page, large-format (12 x13 inches) photographic book with useful relevant texts about average people in contemporary China. It was published on November 30, 2011 through Blurb Press.
The power of great photography in this book is exemplified by the superb quality of the printing and hardback binding. The 370-plus large-print and full-color photographs are crisp and sharp. They not only exhibit the photographer’s experience and skill in capturing both an emotion and the significance of a particular moment (in China in 2009) within the confines of the camera lens, but also illustrate this documentary photographer’s unbiased and honest view of Chinese people and Chinese culture from a Western visitor’s perspective.
The book covers a large variety of regions in China. From the current capital Beijing to the famous ancient capital Xi’an; from the municipalities of Chongqing to Shanghai; from the Yangtze River Region to the city of Shijiazhuang, all of the pictures tell me stories of Chinese people across a land of 9.6 million square kilometers. The pictures of the Forbidden City, Beijing National Stadium, and the Bird’s Nest remind me of my hometown Beijing’s long history and modern development. The pictures of average people who spend every morning at the Temple of Heaven, no matter if they are playing Erhu, or doing morning exercises, evoke memories of my own happy childhood and pleasant adulthood in Beijing.
Although a picture could speak much louder than a thousand words, the text in the book provides useful context and background information about the regions and locations in which the photos were taken. Through the vibrant photographs, people are portrayed engaged in day-to-day activities in educational settings, performing arts, business, as well as social and family life. As a Chinese language professor, I believe that this beautiful photo book will be of great value to anyone who wants to gain some general knowledge of the Chinese people and their lives from an unbiased documentary perspective, as well as to any students of Chinese language and culture.
Thomas Parry says, “As we get to know new places and new cultures, our love for other people grows stronger as does our appreciation of our own culture.” This book is a wonderful bridge to understanding contemporary China, a distant and mysterious oriental country for most Westerners.
Judy Zhu, an internationally renowned award-winning writer and poet, grew up in Beijing, China. She came to Monterey, California to attend graduate school in the year 2000 and, following graduation, secured a position as a Chinese language professor. Judy is also a cross-cultural consultant. She provides customized seminars to enhance awareness of Chinese values, behaviors and attitudes and is the author of "Chinese Cultural Encounters, Volume 1: Studying and Traveling in China." She is a member of the Chinese Language Teachers Association of California (CLTAC) and is affiliated with the Central Coast Writers Club. You may learn more about Judy at www.chinese-consultant.com.
| 08 December, 2013 13:56
The Timeless Faces of China is my first-ever photojournalistic anthology that captures a cross section of the people of the most populous country in the world. This book was born out of my sincere desire to connect with the Chinese people. They are remarkable in every way and are as interested in getting to know westerners as much as we are interested in getting to know them, if not more so. I made friends wherever I went in China. For me, the development of this book was a labor of love and I am pleased to share it with all who are interested. The printing and production quality are first class and I am pleased with the reception it has had thus far.
Beautiful child I met in Chongqing City Park. Retired educator/professor in Chongqing.
Three-generation family in Zhengding
This is what one reader had to say about The Timeless Faces of China:
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