Local photographer, Marc Payne, has received one of the highest accolades of his career.
Marc recently became a finalist in the International Top 101 competition, a worldwide photographic portrait competition.
Marc's image is of Dustin Howearth, sculptor, prop designer and maker and a master of multiple trades, including building, carpentry, plumbing, painting and tiling.
Dustin's heritage is the Ngati Whatua tribe from the North Island of New Zealand, he is a descendant of chiefs and healers.
Marc met Dustin through his friend and former Parkes neighbour, Sean James Cassidy. Marc and Dustin were both working on The Art of Resilience project, of which Sean was the Director. Also, at this time, Marc was compiling a series of works on artists in trades.
Marc began his career as a housepainter, apprenticed to his father, Alan Payne. He was deeply influenced by his father who was a painter and decorator, a well-known restorer of vintage and classic cars and a cartoonist.
He taught Marc about old techniques of painting and paint removal which became an important asset when working on historical houses and buildings.
About the same time, Marc's brother, David, introduced him to photography and he became particularly interested in nature and landscape photography. His interest in portraiture began a few years later.
Marc has had several mentors, including Jim Buckley who taught him about portrait and wedding photography and the late Con Diamond who taught him traditional darkroom techniques.
Marc enjoys working as both housepainter and photographer but at the loss of his father some years ago, he found that photography was a solace and became an avenue for stress relief and a great connection between him and his brother.
There are many projects Marc has in mind for the future and one goal is to have solo exhibitions in landscapes and portraits in regional galleries.
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