Mark - I have been traveling around the American Southwest by car and on foot for more than 30 years, and in those travels I have witnessed scenes, both grand and intimate, that left deep impressions on me. Encouraged by my father, and inspired by past masters of American landscape photography, I began using a large format camera to try to capture those scenes that I find difficult to adequately describe in words. My goal is to enable my friends and colleagues to “stand behind my eyes” and to share some of the sense of majesty and mystery that I experience in this enduring landscape. I think my passion for photographing man-made structures in the Southwest stems from my desire to stand behind the eyes of earlier generations of inhabitants and imagine seeing their world the way they saw it years ago.
When I first learned about the Sketch Book Project, I saw it as an opportunity to collaborate with Julia, a former co-worker and long-time friend. A skilled photographer of people, including her three young sons, Julia also has a talent for translating visual to verbal - often finding verbal analogs in poetry and songs. She has been applying this talent to my images for many years, and I have always found her comments and analogies to be insightful, encouraging and inspiring.
Julia - Mark's photography has always moved me, in almost a spiritual way. It has depth, beauty, and movement. Mark's character and purity of spirit come to the page through his photos. We are all better for knowing him; enriched and inspired to notice what is truly and simply beautiful in this world.
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