Photographer Creates Dreamy Escapism With Stunning Stitched Images of Orcas and Sunsets

Orca Perfectly Aligned with Sunset by Mary's Mark Photography

Professional photographer Mary Parkhill left behind a successful career in advertising to pursue what was once her hobby as a full-time career. Now, she's known for her fine art photography that focuses on natural landscapes. Parkhill spends her summers in Alaska documenting the picturesque landscape, which includes stunning photos of orcas frolicking in the water. With her impressive ability to capture the moment, it's easy to see why she transitioned her business savvy into a creative career.

Parkhill photographs the killer whales and the sunsets, then she blends them into the perfect composition. Using the anatomy of the orcas, she guides the viewer's eye around the photograph. At times, the nose or tail of the orca is in perfect alignment with the blazing sun; in other instances, the sunset simply serves as a golden background to highlight these majestic creatures.

“What inspires me most about photographing orcas is their sheer size, seeing them in their natural habitat, and their ability to still take my breath away,” Parkhill tells My Modern Met. She uses her summers to explore the inspirational landscape of Alaska, with the resulting images rounding out her portfolio. Parkhill, who is normally based in Pennsylvania, is particularly fond of whales, and there are incredible photographs of orcas and humpback whales swimming in and breaching the waters of Alaska.

But it's these sunset photos, which combine landscape and fine art photography, that provide a dreamy escapism that is unforgettable. A selection of her orca sunset imagery is available for purchase on her website—anyone can have a slice of this dream in their home!

Mary Parkhill spends her summers in Alaska photographing killer whales.

Photo Composite of Orca with Sunset by Mary ParkhillPhoto Composite of Killer Whale with Sunset by Mary ParkhillKiller Whale Swimming in Alaska with Sunset Behind

She also photographs the sunset and merges them into stunning fine art images.

Killer Whale at Sunset by Mary ParkhillKiller Whale at Sunset by Mary ParkhillOrcas Swimming at Sunset in AlaskaKiller Whale at Sunset by Mary Parkhill

Mary's Mark Photography: Website | Facebook | Instagram

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Mary Parkhill.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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