Call for photographic works: Into FOCUS Photography Exhibition

12 January – 12 February 2015, Bringing the important things in life into focus. Showcasing the photographic works of people living with Parkinson’s and other movement disorders throughout the State. Being held at the City of West Torrens Auditorium Gallery, 165 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Hilton.

If you would like to contribute your photographs (preferably framed) to this exhibition or would like more information, contact Anne Heard at Parkinson’s SA on 8357 8909

4 March 2014 - The Murray Valley Standard

Photographer Mark Richards shoots through life’s obstacles:

Being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease is a life-changing moment for many Australians, but one Murray Bridge man has since gone from strength to strength, turning his passion for photography into an emerging career.
Mark Richards was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s disease at 34 years old. Now, in his 50s, he has been recognised as one of the State’s best up-and-coming photographers. His love for cameras, of which he has had close to 30, developed as a child when he would watch his father use a box brownie to capture the moment. “I was a teenager when I started taking photos and the first photo I took was of a rubbish bin,” he said. “I thought I don’t want to take a normal photo, so I did something different.” That is tru…

September 2013 - The Adelaide Hills Magazine

Light Fantastic:

“As a fan of Sir Hans Heysen’s work, I was intrigued that our Gallery photographer Mark Richards is inspired to emulate Heysen’s use of light and colour. If you check out Mark’s landscapes on his website you’ll see that he goes a long way to achieving his goal. But the super-enhanced composites are also testament to Heysen’s skill. Richards uses 21st century processing power to achieve what Heysen captured with a brush.”
Mark Richards’ searing photographic images are the product of a fine eye and a complex software algorithm, The only thing he lacks is a steady hand.

Twenty years ago, Murray Bridge photographer Mark Richards was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. He was in his early 30s. “When things
started going wrong I didn’t know what was happ…

28 December 2012 - The Mount Barker Courier

Bridging the art-photography divide:

Mark uses the High Dynamic Range process which involves taking a set of different exposures of the same scene and blending them to reveal much more detail than a normal photograph.
‘The High Dynamic Range process bridges the gap between photography and art.’ Mark has been living with early on-set Parkinson’s Disease for 18 years after being diagnosed at the age of 34. Born in Mt Barker, he lived and worked in Sydney as an internet designer and developer until 2010. Mark explained how he coped with the effects of Parkinson’s. ‘Getting the timing right with medication is a constant challenge, as is following my passion for photography. I have window periods when the medication is working satisfactorily and take advantage of this time to plan and undertak…

12 December 2012 - SA Life magazine


There are plenty of challenges in capturing the perfect shot, but Mark Richards has overcome them all – and then some – to stage his first major solo exhibition. In 1994 Mark was working as an internet designer and developer when, aged 34, he was diagnosed with early on-set Parkinson’s, a degenerative disease that causes loss of muscle control. "My symptoms were quite mild until about 2009, when I started getting comments that I was working slow, and I thought it s time to give it away.”
He turned his photography hobby into a full-time passion, but faced some obvious hurdles. Treatment can initially control symptoms of Parkinson’s, but gradually looses effectiveness. “When I feel my medication is going right I’ll spontaneously think …

15 November 2012 - Murray Valley Standard

Creating Windows of opportunity:

THE art gallery at Murray Bridge will hold an unusual exhibition from December 9 when it hosts the first solo showing of photographer Mark Richards. Mr Richards is a talented artist who was diagnosed with early onset parkinson’s disease 18 years ago and has proven his illness is no barrier to his passion or creativity.
The former website designer left the mainstream workforce in 2010 to pursue his passion for photography. By using the high dynamic range method and his own specific treatment he has created a range of work resembling traditional art.
The Murray Bridge resident has traveled around the world to take photographs.
Using times between medical treatment he has created a body of work which will feature at the exhibition titled South Australia R…