In 2004, Parke had just completed a two-year road trip with his partner and fellow photographer, Narelle Autio, documenting the full spectrum of life around Australia. The photographs taken during this road trip resulted in his acclaimed series, Minutes to Midnight.
The Christmas Tree Bucket, his next work, started at the close of this journey, when Parke and Autio had their first son, Jem. “Wanting more space, family support and a change of scenery, we moved from Sydney to Adelaide, where Narelle grew up,” Parke tells TIME.
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