About the Author

I am currently studying to become a wilderness survival expert in the same tradition as Paul Bunyan, though my beard has yet to mature, and blue ox are less common than they once were. My graduate thesis is titled “Grizzly Wrestling, Turtle Surfing, and the Art of Moose Poop Chandling.” To make ends meet, I moonlight as a writer, photographer, and photojournalist. Originally from Ontario, Canada, I spend most of my days on the road, though I escape to the Wyoming wilderness as often as I can. My work has been published by Afar, Outside Magazine, Lonely Planet, Conde Nast, Canadian Living, USA Today, Get Lost Magazine, GQ Magazine, Asian Geographic, Escape Magazine, Voyeur Magazine, Groove Magazine, Reader’s Digest, American Cowboy, and more. I have eaten everything from fermented shark to gold-flecked caviar, climbed mountains 20,000 feet tall, kissed a reef shark on the nose, and once hung by my ankles for a peek over Victoria Falls as ten million gallons of water rushed around me. This is my life, and this is what I do in the name of the story.

Durban: The Roar of the East

There’s a verve to Durban, South Africa that’s not hard to place. This busy eastern city draws plenty of energy from the sea – the mighty, tempestual beast is both darling and bane of surfers, beach bums, and fisherfolk alike. The grand promenade, buttressing miles of spectacular sandy beach, is Durban’s crown jewel, and the […]

Dubai: All that Glitters

Photographer and freelance journalist Flash Parker recently traveled to the United Arab Emirates’ most glittering jewel: Dubai. Go back to read Part 1, Dubai: The Electric Caterpillar Go back to read Part 2, Dubai: In with the Old For all of Dubai’s flash and dash, there’s still an air of elegant mystery to this city. Old Dubai’s attractions […]

Dubai: In with the Old

Photographer and freelance journalist Flash Parker recently traveled to the United Arab Emirates’ most glittering jewel: Dubai. Go back to read Part 1, Dubai: The Electric Caterpillar After pulling my head out of the clouds I was whisked out of the future and into the past and immersed in the Old Dubai I otherwise would have never […]

Dubai: The Electric Caterpillar

Photographer and freelance journalist Flash Parker recently traveled to the United Arab Emirates’ most glittering jewel: Dubai. Dubai is an electric caterpillar charged with neon blood, wrapped tight in gold leaf and constantly evolving inside a diamond-studded chrysalis that shimmers under the Arabian moonlight – always eager to break free of the past and present shiny […]