Originally published on Vert | Photography: Blake Parker | Tumblr | Lighton35
On a hot Summer afternoon in August, blakeparker, an unknown user from Tumblr, began a chat with me through the platform’s PM’s inbox.
- You Portuguese?
- Proudly, mate! :D
- Awesome. I’m an aussie living in London. Just spent 3 weeks travelling up the coast [of Portugal]. Such an epic place! Do you boog?
The friendship was undoubtedly established with such final response.
As you can read by the nickname, he’s Blake Parker, a 22 year-old photographer from Newcastle, East Coast Australia, whom now lives in London, UK. Parker shares a bond with Portugal by way of his Lisbon-born girlfriend and not so long ago spent a few Summery weeks in this European edge and even enjoyed some waves in Ericeira.
A primary teacher by day and a photographer in his spare time, Parker shoots bodyboarding, surf and everything wave-related. He even got a few stills published in Riptide. However, his endless curiosity goes beyond the ocean and he just embraced film photography’s unpredictability to capture some of the cultures he comes across in his trips.
After swapping a few banalities via Tumblr, Parker accepted my challenge to share with Vert his 15 favourite moments captured until today in the sea and to tell more about his influences and style regarding photography.