Gary Hayes is a photographer of landscape and light. He lives in Mount Victoria in the Blue Mountains, where he established his open studio and gallery and runs creative photography workshops. Since the 1980s, Gary has developed his artistic career in the UK, USA and Australia, but specialises in the rich scenery in the Greater Blue Mountains. His work has featured in high profile photography and tourist magazines, such as Australian Geographic, and on two Australian postage stamps. Gary regularly exhibits his work, as well as selling privately from his gallery. His clients include major hotels and resorts in the Blue Mountains. He self-publishes high-quality photographic books with spectacular images of the Blue Mountains World Heritage environment.
His Photo Gallery next to Pulpit Rock in Mount Victoria has been open for nearly two years at weekends and he 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 ten years working as a producer at the BBC. His pictures have appeared in books, two Australian stamps, temporary and permanent exhibitions, TV, Multimedia and magazines including recently Australian and Spanish National Geographic cover, several 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.