Richard Walker was born and raised in rural Australia. His formative years were spent exploring the hills and rivers of northern New South Wales. Richard’s first photographs were taken with his father’s Zeiss camera using Kodachrome slide film.
His passion for photography, particularly macro work continued and in 1998, a lighting experiment with columbine flowers led Richard to investigate a precise method of lighting flowers in a studio setting. His discovery of the work of Aaron Jones, an innovative “light painting” photographer, had a profound influence on Richard’s lighting technique. By using a medium format film camera in a darkened studio, and moving a small hand-held, fibre-optic spotlight during long time exposures, Richard began painting with light. This technique enabled him to capture a unique series of floral portraits that highlighted the complexity and inner beauty of flowers.
Richard has exhibited at galleries in Sydney and the Blue Mountains. His work is displayed at the Intercontinental Hotel, Sydney and the Shangri-La Resort in Fiji. His floral portraits hang in private collections in the USA, England, Australia and New Zealand.