Tony Parkes is one of Ireland’s leading professional photographers, a passionate “foodie” and a wonderful host.
From the Isle of Wight, his interest in photography developed while serving with the Royal Air Force at various bases in the UK and around the world. When he came to Ireland in 1977 he honed his photography skills at Tony O’Malley Pictures and worked alongside well-known photographer, Richard Dann, before establishing his own freelance business in 1984. During his long and successful career he has built up a prestigious group of clients and has travelled the globe with his camera.
Tony has a gift for teaching and for passing on his extensive photographic knowledge. He worked for many years on a variety of creative projects involving children from Dublin’s inner city and, in 2006, coordinated a Photographic Initiative that captured the enthusiasm and imagination of 1,800 young people living in Dublin city centre. This led to the publication of a book called “Caught on Camera” which displayed the children’s work. It was launched on Ireland’s “Late Late Show”, and Tony won an Allianz Arts Award for his major contribution to the project.
Louise Parkes is a journalist, author and press officer specialising in equestrian sports. She has been Equestrian Correspondent for Ireland’s biggest-selling daily newspaper, The Irish Independent, since 1995, and contract writer for the world governing body for equestrian sport, the Swiss-based Federation Equestre Internationale, since 1993. She has also worked as a freelance reporter for many high-profile publications including the London Times, Horse and Hound magazine and Horse International, has edited several magazines including the “Horse World” section of “The Irish Field”, managed her own website and is co-author of “Ambassadors on Horseback” which records the history of the world-famous Irish Army Equitation School.
Louise hosted a Dublin City Radio show, and has also reported for the national broadcaster, RTE. She is a regular contributor to the US Radio Network and has worked on Media Teams at many locations around the globe as both a Press and Public Relations Officer.
Just like Tony, she likes to pass on her enthusiasm and skills to others, so occasionally Louise runs courses for budding journalists and writers at The Barn at Fellowsfield.