“How would you describe your art?”
“In a literal sense it would come under surreal, minimalistic, pop art. I’ve never really done any study into it. ‘Pretty good’, hopefully.”
The first thing you learn from artist Richard Parry is his quick wit. His Instagram stories alone are enough to catch a piece of his personality. But what he creates also embodies a playful tone. Each photo captures a joke, or a clever idea
Parry started his craft back in high school, goofing around with photoshop, and eventually got his hands on a camera.
“I took a lot of very boring shots of landscapes for a long time before I decided to move to a more minimalistic style of photography, I’d seen some of it around online and thought I’d give it a go. I remember laying awake in smartphone-induced insomnia and thinking ‘Man, what if I pulled every piece of fruit out of a pomegranate and laid it out in a grid? I bet that would look great,’ and it did.”
As an electrician, these days his inspiration comes from the real world, which lends his pieces almost a found artwork flavour
“I spend a lot of time in trade stores day to day, and I’ll snap pics of interesting items then spend the rest of the day thinking of a unique way of presenting them. If I can present it in a way that’s sarcastic, or as a visual pun, I’ll go ahead and make it happen.”
“I’d like to say I have a flash studio to shoot in but these were all made on my kitchen table lit by a few Bunning’s worklights. A prime example that you don’t need the best gear in the world to make something that looks professional. Also Kmart has really weird, interesting junk that you can pick up for almost nothing, love Kmart.”