New Desert Myths I
© David Parker
Archival Pigment print
David Parker was born in 1949 in Stafford, England. He originally trained as an engineer, and then as a commercial illustrator. An early interest in photography developed from a hobby into a fulltime occupation. His book, "The Phenomenal World" was conceived in 1992 and continues to explore the symbolic potential of particular geological landforms, especially natural arches. Variously seen by different mythological and cultural traditions as bridges between worlds, portals of discovery, thresholds and even stone rainbows, these arches become metaphors of transition between the temporal and eternal, the material and transcendent.
The Phenomenal World was conceived as a large-scale gallery presentation, and required an extensive period of experimentation with two especially built panoramic cameras and military reconnaissance film stock. David Parker’s work is housed in many important corporate art collections such as Citibank, N.M.Rothschild & Sons, Goldman Sachs. NY, The Syz Collection Geneva, Lombard Odier & Cie, Zurich, Coutts Bank, AIG Private Bank and also in many important private collections. David Parker has held exhibitions in the United States, London and Zurich.