About

I am currently studying to become a wilderness survival expert in the same tradition as Paul Bunyan, though my beard has yet to  mature, and blue ox are less common than they once were. My graduate thesis is titled “Grizzly Wrestling, Turtle Surfing, and the Art of Moose Poop Chandling.” To make ends meet, I moonlight as a writer, photographer, and photojournalist.

Originally from Ontario, Canada, I spend most of my time on the road, though I escape to the Wyoming wilderness as often as I can. My work has been published by Lonely Planet, Conde Nast, Canadian Living, USA Today, Get Lost Magazine, GQ Magazine, Asian Geographic, Escape Magazine, Voyeur Magazine, Groove Magazine, Reader’s Digest, American Cowboy, and more. My stories have
been translated into six languages, few I am able to read. Additionally, I was nominated for a PATA Gold Award in destination journalism, though I lost in record fashion.

In a former life I was a screenwriter (credits include Wireless and I Hate Dating) and author (Night Has Fallen was released in 2008); I have a dozen boxes of unsold novels in the garage that I’m willing to sell on the cheap.

I have sampled extraordinarily heinous foods (Greenland shark haunts my dreams), subjected myself to extreme atmospheric pressures on some of earth’s highest peaks, and once hung by my ankles for a peek over Victoria Falls. This is my life, and this is what I do in the name of the story. I am interested in responsible travel, sustainable travel initiatives, the economics of life on the road, and craft beer. I speak some Korean, a little less French, and a heck of a lot more English than I let on.

With my Australian pal Dylan Goldby, I operate Flash Light Photography Expeditions. Flash Light Photography Expeditions is dedicated to providing immersive photojournalism courses to keen enthusiasts from around the globe. We are the premiere choice of photographers looking to take their image-making and photojournalism skills to the next level.

http://www.flashlightexpeditions.com

25 thoughts on “About

  1. We are a small military – Army- family of 3 living in pyeongtaek South Korea our son Jacob is 15months. You have some amazing photos! I was wondering if you do any family photos on the side? It’s hard finding american photographers on the army base. Let me know if this is something you can do for us!

  2. Hey Flash, my name is Alfredo Saavedra, I am from South America, but now I am teaching English in Korea. I’ve looked at your photos, and they are just amazing. I am starting to learn photography myself, and want to get more serious about it, I live in in Pohang, a city close to Busan. I wanted to know if you have some time to skype or IM, I would love to get some pointers from you. Im sure you are busy but any help is welcome.

    My flickr is: http://www.flickr.com/photos/alfredo-saavedra/
    My Blog is: http://www.belleidea.com/blog/

  3. Hi-

    Just happened to come across your blog tonight and from your recent posts, I understand that you are no longer in Korea! I originally wanted to ask if you’d consider doing some headshots… but perhaps I’d better ask if you could put me onto someone talented in Korea from whom I could approach to commission a few good shots?

    Cheers for any leads,

    Ange

  4. Flash,

    It was good meeting you in the park yesterday. Your work is beautiful and I love your style. You are a master of the art form and I really admire you use of values and textures. Keep up the good work.

    Mat

  5. The following time I read a weblog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as much as this one. I imply, I do know it was my choice to learn, but I really thought youd have something fascinating to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you might repair in the event you werent too busy searching for attention.

  6. Hi,
    Just want to say that you are doing a great and ispiring work. This post about filters has helped me to a lot to finally understand some things, also about photos – outstanding use of light, both natural and artificial and great use of colors. I really love your work.
    I wish you much jobs and money in the future and travelling also. Greetings from Serbia.

    • hi Petar,
      Thanks for your input, I’m glad I can be of some help. I’d love to visit Serbia sometime, maybe you can show me around.

  7. I could of course, it would be my pleasure, just write to my e-mail and I would be glad to show you around and even host you at my home, for free of course. I’m in that couch-surfing thing for over a year now. I’m in Serbia ’till june this year. Cheers!

    • Hello, Karolina!
      I do engagement shoots from time to time, but it depends on where you’re located and what part of the world I’m in. Where is it that you’re looking for engagement photos to be taken?

    • Michael – I wrapped up the LP – Nong Khiaw section this morning. You can take a look now.
      It’s one of the easier routes in the country, you shouldn’t have much trouble with this one.
      Cheers!

  8. Hello Flash,

    I am participating in a video contest called Why I love Korea and well I was planing to ask you for permission to see if I can use your images for my video. The videos that will be submitted may be used for promotional use for the The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea. They may distribute it according to their necessity. Also, if I have your permission I might edit the photos to put some text etc.

    I will really appreciate if I could use your images for this project.

    Thank you very much for everything.

    If you would like to talk this over please email me at dianamunozguzman@yahoo.ca

  9. Hello Flash,

    I am participating in a video contest called Why I love Korea and well I was planing to ask you for permission to see if I can use your images for my video. The videos that will be submitted may be used for promotional use for the The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea. They may distribute it according to their necessity. Also, if I have your permission I might edit the image to add text, etc.

    I will really appreciate if I could use your images for this project.

    Thank you very much for everything.

    If you need to talk this over please email me at dianamunozguzman@yahoo.ca

  10. Seeing you traveling around the world with my sparkling eyes in front of an electronic LED, I realize I want this lifestyle. I am now study Korean language in Seoul, Korea. Since I’ve been living here about half a year, I found out that this city its own charm in many ways. And that took me to your website…

    I love taking photos, drawing things and absorbing night charms. I enjoy all of those very much, even think to myself that ‘Can I live my life by doing these things?’ Yes many questions come up…’Is it possible to do these things as a full time?’ I doubt and had no answer for the questions. Entering this page, I read your bio with a big smile on my face.

    🙂
    JK

  11. Just been reading your Chiang Khong – Laos info – did that route 8 years ago and reading your page made me all nostalgic – Laos is probably the best place on the planet!. Hoping to take the hubby and our one year old there one day soon. Living in China at the mo (originally from NZ) so hoping to do a lot of travelling over the next few years, reading all your posts has made it hard for us to choose our next location! – too many options!. Loving your work.. CR

  12. Dear Mr. Parker,
    Me and my friends are currently establishing a website concerning about tourism in our hometown, Bukittinggi. We found some of your pictures while surfing in the internet (flickr.com) which is very suitable for our website, especially the photograph of Ngarai Sianok or Sianok Canyon in Bukittinggi, West Sumatera, Indonesia. I am asking your permission for using your images in our website. Besides, I also, within your permission, would like to edit the image to add text etc.

    I would be very honored if your images can be shown in our website. We will put your name as the author of the original image.

    thank you very much for considering my request. I look forward for your response at rieko@rupakata.com

    Yours Sincerely.

    Rieko

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