[dropcap]Gary[/dropcap] P Hayes has been taking photographs since the early 1980s and loves capturing emotive landscapes and travel photography. He has lived in UK, USA and Australia, currently residing in Mount Victoria in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney using it as a base to build up his catalogue of the rich local scenery of New South Wales mountains, cities and coastlines as well as world travel.
Gary is primarily a landscape photographer who lives in Mount Victoria in the Blue Mountains where he has his own open studio and gallery and from where he runs a range of creative photography workshops. His work has appeared in numerous photography, tourist magazines and others such as Australian Geographic as well as two Australian stamps and several exhibitions. Many framed works have been sold privately and several series appear in hotels and resorts around the Blue Mountains and he sells self published books of photos of the area. He has been taking photographs since the early 1980s and focuses on landscape with light and emotion and has lived in UK, USA and Australia but specialises in the rich scenery in the Greater Blue Mountains.
He opened his Photo Gallery in early 2015, next to Pulpit Rock in Mount Victoria and is now also running a range of Blue Mountains Photo workshops. He has also produced an Intro for Photographers to the Blue Mountains and a Guide to hundreds of Blue Mountains Photo Hotspots.
In the past he has done portraiture, events and in the early 2000s a photojournalist for local London tabloids alongside his BBC job at the time. His pictures have appeared in magazines, two aussie stamps (currently the $5.35 & 70c), exhibitions, TV, Multimedia and newspapers including recently in Australian Geographic, Blue Mountains tourism magazines and many more.
Gary tries to find beauty in our world and has travelled extensively in Central Asia, Europe, US, Hawaii, Australia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Canada, North Africa, Turkey and many more places but loves coming back to NSW and the Blue Mountains. His work varies from travel, abstract, landscapes, street photography, studio portraiture, virtual worlds, musicians, events and much more. He enjoys capturing the land bathed in glorious sunrise or sunset light in less trodden places and is very willing to share hundreds of locations too.
From his late teens he spent many years using medium format film cameras including Mamiya RB67ProSD & 7 series, Pentax 67 and Fuji plus he used a large format 7×5 inch camera for a few years too. Gary became proficient in medium format chemical darkroom techniques through the 1990s but in the early 2000s was one of the first photographers in London to switch to professional digital with the Canon 10D. He currently uses Sony A7r pro camera, a back-up Canon 5D3 with L series lenses, Fuji X100s & Canon EOS M as his main ‘location’ kit but sometimes hires medium format film panoramic cameras for commissioned shoots. He currently uses a 4×4 Toyota to get deeper into the Australian bush and is often seen walking back through thick bush in the near dark after another momentous sunset session. He has a range of printers in his photo studio/gallery including a pro Epson 3880 and uses trusted local printers for larger prints.