The future of photography
Whoever said millennials are lazy hasn’t met 13-year-old photographer Parker Hainey.
Parker may just be starting high school, but he already knows that his future will involve taking photographs of rare and endangered animals.
Parker discovered photography with the help of his mum, RACQ member Louise Hainey, who said it had always been a hobby of hers that she had passed on to him.
“I just did it (photography) as a hobby and then he just took my camera and was taking photos of trees and the light on them – he's just sort of taken it from there,” Mrs Hainey said.
Parker now has an impressive collection of images ranging from tigers, eagles and his personal favourite – the tapir which he captured while travelling Europe.
“That was when he went to Spain to play soccer for a week,” Louise said.
“We were just out in the park and they had a little zoo and there was a tapir – he loves tapirs,” Louise said.
Parker has amassed more than 700 photos, mostly of endangered animals from across the world taken at zoos and wildlife reserves.
Parker said environmental conservation was close to his heart and he hoped to travel the world and use his photography skills to showcase the plight of endangered and vulnerable animals.
In the meantime, he can be found selling calendars and prints of his photographs at the markets, shooting pet portraits for Petbarn's Santa Paws as well as doing workshops with well-known photographers. He has also recently won first and second place for his photographs at the Woodford Show.
Parker’s next project is in Cooktown where he hopes to photograph crocodiles and snakes to add to his collection, as well as branching out to underwater photography.
Photos by Parker Hainey.