Photographer Mark Richards joins Parkinson's support group, finds buyer for his art

Joining a Parkinson's support group has turned out to be a rewarding exercise in more ways than one for Murray Bridge photographer Mark Richards.

Resthaven - which runs the support group for people living in the Murraylands, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu region - recently bought seven of his artworks to hang in its office on Swanport Road.

Mr Richards began focusing more closely on his art after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, which affects the nervous system and muscle movement, at the age of 37.

"I've always been interested in photography, starting when I was a teenager with an Instamatic camera, but I didn't like film - having to wait to have it processed, only being able to take 24 shots at a time," he said.

"I really love digital.

"Caroline (Tenny, an occupational therapist) knew I did photography, so when the offices opened here in mid-2018, she spoke with me about purchasing some of my pieces to brighten up the walls."

The artist, who touches up his photos with digital effects, has previously had work shown at Murray Bridge Regional Gallery and as part of the SALA Festival.

The support group meets fortnightly in Murray Bridge.

Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said Mark's support group was at Port Elliot. There is a separate support group there.

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