Balifornia to Broken Hill. A roll of Kodak Portra with Nick Parkinson, or Parko.
Some visuals that are iconically Australian: road trips, red dirt, schooners, clapped out cars in a desert dustbowl, mines, roadside Motels, cockatoos, Milton Mangoes. Parko captured all of these and more into Twelve Frames.
Take a ride from the coastal town of Balifornia among the Northern Rivers NSW, heading inland, to the frontier mining town of Broken Hill, picking up a whole lot of red dirt on the way.
Like most of the creative legends shooting rolls for Twelve Frames, Parko is a hustler. Directing all things photography at Mr Simple, shooting his own commercial and personal projects and more. All the while raising a small human he helped his wondrous partner Molly create.
Parko has an eye for the classic Australiana, like stills from Wake in Fright, the lurid colours of roadside motels break up dusty scenes in between. Always a collision of droll and terrific. Relax with Parko in the ultimate luxury of a 2-star motel.
Hometown: Ballina NSW
In your own words, what do you do?
Throw light over products. Push pixels.
What are you working on right now?
Postcards for your wall.
When did you shoot the roll?
Where did you shoot the roll?
Ballina to Broken Hill
Take a frame at first light
Opal mine sunrise (White Cliffs NSW)
Shoot your favourite tree
Take a self-portrait outside
Thirsty work (Underbool VIC)
Shoot a space you feel creative in
Anywhere solo (Mingary SA)
Shoot the weather
Offshore and glassy (Olary SA)
Photograph someone you love
Molly x (Ballina NSW)
Shoot a stranger
Your friendly local bowling club (Broken Hill NSW)
Shoot your backyard
Backyard Goals (White Cliffs NSW)
Something that makes you happy
Date Night (Palace Hotel Broken Hill)
Shoot the contents of your bag
Vinyl woodgrain and International Roast (Menindee NSW)
Shoot the last light
Last Light, first Drinks (Murrayville VIC)
Shoot yourself before bed
2-star Luxury Deluxe (Murrayville VIC)
You can find the rest of our Twelve Frames here.