About The Photography


has been taking photographs since the early 1980s and loves capturing emotive landscapes and travel photography. He has lived in UK, USA and Australia, currently residing in Mount Victoria in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney using it as a base to build up his catalogue of the rich local scenery of New South Wales mountains, cities and coastlines as well as world travel.


Gary is primarily a landscape photographer who lives in Mount Victoria in the Blue Mountains where he has his own open studio and gallery and from where he runs a range of creative photography workshops. His work has appeared in numerous photography, tourist magazines and others such as Australian Geographic as well as two Australian stamps and several exhibitions. Many framed works have been sold privately and several series appear in hotels and resorts around the Blue Mountains and he sells self published books of photos of the area. He has been taking photographs since the early 1980s and focuses on landscape with light and emotion and has lived in UK, USA and Australia but specialises in the rich scenery in the Greater Blue Mountains.

He opened his Photo Gallery in early 2015, next to Pulpit Rock in Mount Victoria and is now also running a range of Blue Mountains Photo workshops. He has also produced an Intro for Photographers to the Blue Mountains and a Guide to hundreds of Blue Mountains Photo Hotspots.

In the past he has done portraiture, events and in the early 2000s a photojournalist for local London tabloids alongside his BBC job at the time. His pictures have appeared in magazines, two aussie stamps (currently the $5.35 & 70c), exhibitions, TV, Multimedia and newspapers including recently in Australian Geographic, Blue Mountains tourism magazines and many more.

Gary tries to find beauty in our world and has travelled extensively in Central Asia, Europe, US, Hawaii, Australia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Canada, North Africa, Turkey and many more places but loves coming back to NSW and the Blue Mountains. His work varies from travel, abstract, landscapes, street photography, studio portraiture, virtual worlds, musicians, events and much more. He enjoys capturing the land bathed in glorious sunrise or sunset light in less trodden places and is very willing to share hundreds of locations too.

From his late teens he spent many years using medium format film cameras including Mamiya RB67ProSD & 7 series, Pentax 67 and Fuji plus he used a large format 7×5 inch camera for a few years too. Gary became proficient in medium format chemical darkroom techniques through the 1990s but in the early 2000s was one of the first photographers in London to switch to professional digital with the Canon 10D. He currently uses Sony A7r pro camera, a back-up Canon 5D3 with L series lenses, Fuji X100s & Canon EOS M as his main ‘location’ kit but sometimes hires medium format film panoramic cameras for commissioned shoots. He currently uses a 4×4 Toyota to get deeper into the Australian bush and is often seen walking back through thick bush in the near dark after another momentous sunset session. He has a range of printers in his photo studio/gallery including a pro Epson 3880 and uses trusted local printers for larger prints up to 4m wide.

4 Responses to About The Photography

  1. Chloe Davis says:

    Hi Gary,

    Hope you’re well! I saw the awesome “caption this” collage of kangaroo shots that you posted onto the Australia.com Facebook page. I look after all of the content for this page and would love to potentially do something further with these as a feature on our page. I was wondering if you had the full sized versions of the individual photos? If you want to email me directly then we can discuss further.


  2. Bruce Kerridge says:


    I have a farm at Mount Irvine NSW and am giving a talk at a function for the Mount Wilson & Mount Irvine Fire Brigade next weekend 17/18/19 October 2014.

    There is a series of shots you captured looking down the Grose towards Mt Banks on October 17 2013, showing the massive smoke cloud of the State Mine Fire rising above our mountains. I saw the shots on your flickr site. For example https://www.flickr.com/photos/garyhayes/10325422134/in/set-72157640208955813 which is probably the most dramatic.

    I’d like to use a dramatic shot like that as a projected backdrop while I am talking.

    Is that OK? If so, is there any chance of a slightly higher resolution than that which is on the flickr site?

    Ring me on 0412 979 649.

    With thanks

    Bruce Kerridge

    • Gary Hayes says:

      Hi Bruce

      Sure no problem – can you send an email to gary @ garyphayes.com and I will send a projection rez image, and a couple of options.

      Cheers Gary

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