NEWTON, NJ - Tim Parker has traveled throughout the world, and along the way has photographed thousands of photos. Many of those photos will be on display at Sussex County Community College in Newton through the end of October.
The long-time Sparta resident has won numerous prizes for his photos, including first prize for a photo taken in Greenland last month. In all, he will feature photos in this exhibit from all seven continents and 25 different countries.
A retired dentist who practiced in Sparta for 46 years, Parker has been a photo bug all his life -- winning his first prize more than 50 years ago. He has taken it more seriously since he retired, taking several photo expeditions with a Pulitzer Prize-winning National Geographic photographer.
"I became interested in photography while I was in California in the 1960s, serving in the US Army," Parker said. "I was able to take photography courses at Monterey Community College. The class was able to visit Ansel Adams' studio, which inspired me to focus on landscape photography. I only took vacation photos with film for the next few years and started to use a digital camera in 2010 and began to take photos of people as well as animals and landscapes. The last few years we [with wife Lorraine] have traveled extensively all over the world. We have been to all seven continents, and more than 25 countries, and I have documented those travels.“
Among the countries Parker has visited, the exhibit will highlight photographs from Cuba, Mongolia, China, Morocco, Namibia, Greenland, France, Ireland, UK, and India. He doesn't have any favorites, noting that each country has its unique characteristics.
Parker added, "I also enjoy doing my own digital printing. I like to take iconic images of people and places but from a different angle or perspective."
All photos will be for sale throughout the show, and 100% of the proceeds go directly to the SCCC Foundation Scholarship Fund. The show will run from October 1 through October 25. An Opening Reception is scheduled for October 5, at 6 p.m. in the PAC Atrium.