Gary Tack was born in inner city Liverpool but moved to the outskirts shortly after he started school. Some of his earliest memories of the inner city are of house sparrows chirping and the smell of bread from the bread factory.
There were many bike ride forays into the countryside where grasshoppers and grass snakes were collected alongside the cigarette and cereal cards that identified the wildlife he rapidly grew to love and appreciate.
After qualifying in fine art he ran, for 25 years, his own art/mural business that sometimes involved travelling across Europe using his painting skills. One of his more unusual works was to replicate a listed water damaged art deco painting in the Hotel Borg, Reykjavik!
His interest in photography began, firstly, as an aid to his artwork but it rapidly became the main driving force and the ability to capture images of nature rekindled his passion for all things living in the wild.
This prompted a change in direction and he gained a Ba (Hons) in Wildlife Photography. Whilst at college he started to specialise in hyper detailed insect photography. In his words –
‘If everyone could see what marvels of nature insects are, we may give their existence the gravitas that it deserves. It is only recently we have started to realise how important, not just for ecological balance but for our own survival, they are.’
The hyper macro images he produces are an innovation of his own which combines photographic macro photography and post processing artwork.