An inspirational member of our community, Darren, has had a passion for cameras all his life.
Darren has had a passion for cameras all his life. It all started when his Nana bought him his favourite toy as a baby - a squeaky rubber toy camera.
As a child Darren had many toy cameras, and as he grew, his camera collection grew with him. As a teenager he was fortunate enough to own a Canon camera and was also given his late Grandfather’s collection of cameras and National Geographic magazines. Darren says he loves cameras because “they allow me to capture the moments I see in nature.”
One of Darren’s favourite things to photograph is nature and animals. Darren’s mother, Robyn, shares “Darren has always had a natural ability to communicate with nature and animals. I think it comes from living in the hills, bushwalking and trips to the Murray River as a child… it gives him an extraordinary ability to capture the moment”.
It hasn’t always been an easy journey for Darren. When Darren was 18 he had some really difficult times going through secondary school. “I decided to give him a photographic flight experience over the Fleurieu Peninsula, where he had the opportunity to take scenic photography. The results were just stunning…” Robyn recalls. “Through all the odds, challenges and demands, Darren just kept on with his goals and dreams. He never gave up.”
Photography is a lifelong passion for Darren and plays a special part in almost every aspect of his life. “I love going camping and walking with my mates and taking photos - in any weather. We go to Kuitpo Forest, Waterfall Gully, Normanville and lots of other places” he shares.
Robyn says that Darren and his friends are “like storm chasers – they see an opportunity for photos, they whip out their tripods and they’re off!”
Darren’s photography is currently exhibited at the McLaren Vale Visitor Centre, The Stump Art Gallery, from 20 April - 2 June 2019. Darren’s work will also be on display at Pt Noarlunga Art Gallery from 4 October - 4 November 2019. You can check out the digital program at this link: http://onkaparingacity.com/publications/ptnoarlungaartsprogram2019/26/
Photograph by Darren - Port Noarlunga Jetty, South Australia
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