Max A Rush was born in 1978 (surely writes all this himself?) in London. Various subsequent developments beyond the scope of this paragraph led to him working as a naturalist in Quebec, Canada, during which time he undertook watercolour illustrations of local fauna for the parks service while also teaching himself the basics of nature photography. On his return to the UK he continued to study photography, increasingly drawn to landscape over wildlife. His work in mid Wales led to a small show on the Elan Valley, which then inevitably led to a large show on the Elan Valley, exhibited in the Elan Valley visitor centre, an educational oasis submerged under the accumulated Welsh rain.
Moving to London, he worked in portraiture for some time before turning to his local Brockwell Park as a landscape subject. This project grew over the years, during which time Rush (if this isn’t pushing the limit) began to consider the larger field of London parks and green spaces as a potential speciality, as yet largely unexplored by landscape photographers. The Brockwell Park project was the subject of two popular exhibitions in 2011, and since then he has worked outwards into Dulwich, Clapham and Crystal Palace, selecting some of south London’s most beautiful and interesting parks, gardens and nature reserves and exploring their changing characters through the seasons.
He has also been commissioned by park authorities across London, including Islington Council and the Royal Parks Authority, and contributed to features in Homes and Gardens magazine.
His work has appeared in the Landscape Photographer of the Year exhibition at the National Theatre, and for two years running in the International Garden Photographer of the Year awards, based at Kew (see News page).
In addition to photography, Rush is a professional pianist and composer, playing in the South London Jazz Orchestra and a number of small groups such as Junction Jazz. He is repetiteur for London Sings, a new south London choir specialising in jazz.
In addition to music, he is a professional calligrapher, specialising in copperplate lettering.