An evening with Steve Parish

October 5, 2017 | Posted in: Achievements, Underwater Photography

Tony Isaacson, MLSSA Life Member, attended a (workshop?) evening presented by Steve Parish at the Beerwah Library in Queensland this month.

Tony with a promotional poster

(Taken by Tony?)

Steve is a well-published photographer (more than 2500 published books over 50 Years). His first book, “Australia’s Ocean of Life” was published in 1974 (as Stephen Parish): –

A screen shot taken during Steve’s talk

(Taken by Tony?)

Steve started diving in South Australia in the 1960s. He was introduced to underwater photography by Igo Oak. Both are seen together here on the Moorara in the 1960s (before she became a wreck at Wardang Island in 1975): –

Igo Oak & Steve Parish together on the Moorara in the 1960s

(Source: “Skindiving in Australia and New Zealand”, Vol.9, No.8, 1979)

Tony says that Steve used this picture during his presentation. He had done the same when I attended a talk of his a few years ago. He autographed my own copy of the photo (from “Skindiving in Australia and New Zealand”, Vol.9, No.8, 1979) that evening. Igo Oak also autographed the same photo for me later that evening.

According to the web page found at http://www.steveparish.com.au/about-steve-parish.html , Steve “is a passionate photographer, naturalist, author, educator, public speaker and publisher, connecting people, especially children, to nature, through his emotive, inspirational, life-enhancing images of Australia’s unique wildlife, flora, landscapes and places, presented to his audiences through workshops, public talks and publications. He is a champion of the protection of wildlife and the natural environment, and promoting the natural history of Australian ecosystems. During the last 50 years, the public has connected with Steve’s work in more than 2500 published books, including Steve Parish 50 Years Photographing Australia, Australia: Steve Parish the Journey, National Parks Our Australian Landscape and The Around Australia Guide.”

It seems that Tony was able to take a selfie of himself with Steve during the evening: –

Tony & Steve together

(Taken by Tony?)

Steve Reynolds is the current President of MLSSA and is a long-standing member of the Society. Steve is a keen diver, underwater explorer, photographer and is chief author of the Society’s extensive back catalogue of newsletters and journals.

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