Lou Parker

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About Me

Photography has been my life-long passion for over 60 years, starting out with a Brownie Hawkeye that my parents gave me on my 7th birthday.

I did news and sports photography in high school where I was chief photographer for both my school's weekly newspaper and yearbook, using a 4x5 press camera (which I still have).

I continued with news and sports photography in college where I was Photo Editor of the Oregon Daily Emerald newspaper at the University of Oregon -- Go Ducks!

In addition to supervising a 3-man photo staff, I did a weekly photo story called "Pictorially Speaking ... by Lou Parker," which is the name I still use for my photo website. In addition, I was a photographer for "The Teke," my college fraternity's national magazine, and did some exhibition, commercial and wedding photography on the side to help pay for my "habit." I continued my photo journalistic endeavors in law school for its monthly news magazine, which I started, edited and produced with the help of two other law students.

After graduation, I served as a U.S. Army JAG lawyer and Military Judge and won several contests with photos I shot in Europe where I was stationed for four years. My travels took me (and my 2 Pentax Spotmatic SLRs) to Germany, Austria, Great Britain, France, Italy, Switzerland, Holland, Scandinavia, Spain and Greece. I have started scanning some of my thousands (literally) of Kodachromes from Europe, some of which I have already put on display on my website.

About a year after leaving the Army, I started and ran a successful printing and graphics business in Colorado's high country (Vail) for some 8 years where I was able to put my photographic experience to good use, both in the shop and on the slopes. Since moving to the Arizona desert (Phoenix/Scottsdale) I have continued doing a lot of travel, landscape, sports, events and family photography.