South Sumatra With Bird



Title: South Sumatra With Bird

Artist: Dave Sparkes

Photographers love framing devices, as they can add quite a lot of depth and interest to line-up shots. When obliging birds photo bomb as well, it’s pure gold.

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Dave was born in 1962 and grew up in Bondi Beach, moving to Blueys Beach, on the NSW mid-north coast, in 1998. He has been a full time professional surf photographer/journalist since 1996, and has completed assignments worldwide for magazines such as Tracks, Waves, The Surfer’s Path, Surfer, The Surfer’s Journal, Surfing World and ASL. He has also done assignments for Rip Curl, Billabong, Quiksilver, Carve Eyewear, and many other clients. He has written and photographed travel features for Outdoor magazine and The Sydney Morning Herald.

Dave has photographed numerous covers for magazines published in France, England, US, Australia, New Zealand, Spain and Brazil, including the highly prestigious cover of the 2005 US Surfer Magazine Photo Annual. He has traveled to many countries for commercial and editorial shoots including Hawaii, Tahiti, Indonesia, Chile, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Tonga, Fiji, China, Cook Islands, Japan, Mozambique and South Africa.

In early 2005, for Tracks Magazine, Dave covered the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami that devastated much of South-East Asia. Dave has been a staff photographer/writer for the iconic Tracks magazine since 1998. He has twice placed amongst the top ten finalists of the Australian Professional Surf Photo Awards. He is well known for his mastery of the “over/under” or split shot genre, and is considered by his peers to be the leading photographer in this field.

Dave has had images published in several books such as The Moment, Pilgrimage, The World Stormrider Guide, Outra Ondas,  A Wave Away and Archipelago.

His first solo book, The Wave: Tales From The Impact Zone, a stunning collection of images and travel stories, was published in Australia and New Zealand by Hachette Publishing in 2011, to rave reviews.

In his book review for the Sydney Morning Herald, noted journalist David Knox wrote of The Wave: Tales From the Impact Zone:

“ Proof of Sparkes’ artistry with a camera appears on every page, but the book is made all the more satisfying by the author’s deftness with words. He writes cleverly and lovingly of his craft… A rewarding, enlightening and often humorous read…”

Dave currently resides in Byron Bay with his fiancée, Tracey, and is now developing a reputation as a fine watercolourist, having held exhibitions at Tweed Regional Gallery; Grafton Regional Gallery; Lone Goat Gallery; NRCG (Ballina); Coldstream Gallery, Ulmarra; and several others. He paints watercolour landscapes full time these days, with surf photography only occasionally in the mix.

The Printing Process

Tracks print art is printed on the highest quality paper available. Your Print will be created using the finest archival materials and processes to ensure the best possible quality. It will be printed on Hahnemuhle 100% Cotton Rag using Epson Ultrachrome inks for maximum stability. Hahnemühle makes unique papers for unique works of art. Since 1584 they have been producing paper of unparalleled quality for artistic and graphic use.

All Tracks print artwork is professionally produced by one of Australia’s premier photographic labs, Created For Life. Established over 30 years ago, CFL has a well-respected name in the industry and continue to provide services for some of the country’s top professionals. You can be confident that when you purchase a stunning artwork from the Tracks Print Store that it will be produced with the highest attention to detail and craftsmanship possible.

Each print is available as; unframed (print only), framed print (raw, black or white wooden frame), or acrylic face mount.

Image sizes: 

Extra Small

Print only size: 280 x 400 mm
Finished frame size: 420 x 536 mm
Finished acrylic  size: 280 x 400 mm


Print only size: 508 x 762 mm
Finished frame size: 898 x 649 mm
Finished acrylic  size: 508 x 762 mm


Print only size: 678 x 1016 mm
Finished frame size: 1152 x 819 mm
Finished acrylic size: 678 x 1016 mm


Print only size: 856 x 1270 mm
Finished frame size: 997 x 1406 mm
Finished acrylic size: 856 x 1270 mm


Print only size: 1524 x 1016 mm
Finished frame size: 1650 x 1147 mm
Finished acrylic size: 1524 x 1016 mm

Framed Print – three looks white, black and raw timber.

Acrylic Face mount: 4.5mm thick with 1.2 mm aluminium on the back.

The Framing Process

Your Print will be expertly framed with your choice of a sustainable timber frame. Then it will be finished with lightweight, optically clear, museum grade acrylic which offers 95% protection against UV rays. It will undergo one final inspection, before being securely packed for shipping. If your print is not being framed, it will be carefully rolled with cotton interleave and placed into a cylinder for delivery.


We have selected three framing options that we believe complement the images perfectly and allow them to really stand out. With both white, black and Tassie oak options, our quality framing suits a range of settings and styles. We do not use basic framing glass, instead, we use high-quality acrylic. This acrylic is lightweight, protects against 99% of UV rays and is shatterproof.


Acrylic face mounting is one of the most impressive and striking ways to display your photographic print. Your print is mounted behind acrylic and the back is covered with specially treated aluminium. This process will completely protect your image from front to back. Your image is mounted edge to edge and creates a beautiful frameless finishes. Each piece is professionally finished with hand-polished edges. We use 4.5mm optically clear, Museum Grade Acrylic which has 99% UV protection. Acrylic is extremely safe to use, as it is shatter resistant and provides exceptional protection from sunlight, weather and temperature extremes. Once hung, your print floats approximately 16mm off the wall. You can be assured that you will receive an absolutely perfect, high-quality finish. The result is truly spectacular.


Of course, you can also select the ‘print only’ option and frame the image as you please. All photos are printed on premium Hahnemuhle Ultra Smooth Photo Rag 305gsm paper giving each image incredible colours and luminosity. 


Each print art piece is created upon order and takes between 3 weeks to print, mount, frame and ship to you. International orders will take longer.


Each print art piece is printed and framed just for you in the size and frame of your choice. That means we are unable to accept returns or exchanges. We are also unable to make any changes or cancellations to orders after 24 hours.

If for any reason your new artwork arrives in anything other than perfect condition you will need to notify us within 24 hours of receiving the art and we will repair or replace the artwork.

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