MARTY MELLWAY PHOTOGRAPHY
I am a landscape, wildlife and conservation photographer and filmmaker based on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. My time spent in wild places inspired me to help conserve wilderness.
My photographs and films capture stories about our planet and the beings that inhabit it. Through my art, I want to raise awareness and help conserve our diverse biosphere and ethnosphere for future generations.
My interest in photography started when I was very young. I owned my first film camera at the age of 9, I was captivated by the natural world and its myriad different forms, textures and colours.
After 10 years of shooting film, I jumped into the realm of digital photography when I started travelling through Asia in 2007. I taught English in a very rural town in Zhejiang Province, China. After China, I taught English in Indonesia in 2008 before hitting the road on a year-long backpacking trip that would completely change my life. I spent several years wandering Asia, diving deeper and deeper into my love for photography and documenting culture.
In 2012 while travelling I made a film titled "The Island of the Gods" about the culture of Bali Indonesia. I was invited to submit this film to “The 5th Annual Festival International du Film de Vacances” In France and was Awarded Most Artistic Film of the festival.
In 2013 my longing to reconnect with nature brought me home to Northern British Columbia, Canada. There I had the opportunity to go back to my roots and do landscape and wildlife photography. Through nature photography, I reconnected with my love for the natural world and felt a strong desire to contribute to its conservation. My experiences with wildlife management in the northern parks system led me into my career as a Park Ranger with BC Parks in the Northern Rockies.
After 5 years in the Northern Rockies, I transferred to the west coast of Vancouver Island. I worked as a Park Ranger in Clayoquot Sound for three years. I have this year decided to pursue my life long dream of doing art and photography full time.