My name is Mark, Eastern Oregon is my home, and I have two huge creative passions – photography and music.
Flowers, bees, leaves, spiders… I photograph all of these things and more as I explore my backyard and beyond. I’m of the mindset that you don’t always have to travel far to discover an amazing world.
Part of what I like about photography is that it requires me to become more observant of my surroundings. With a camera in-hand, I begin to notice and appreciate small details I might otherwise overlook, like the angle of the sunlight, the feeding behavior of an animal, or the markings of a tiny bee. I also like the endless challenge of learning the art of photography – there are countless pictures taken around the world every day, many by extremely skilled photographers with top-of-the-line equipment, so if I want my photos to stand out, I have to improve with every shot. Most importantly, I wouldn’t keep focusing light onto an electronic sensor if I didn’t think it was fun to see the results!
I currently use a Nikon D3300 camera. My primary lenses are a Minolta MD 100mm Macro F4 and Nikon kit lenses (18-55mm and 55-200mm). I process images with Lightroom.
Check back often, as I will continue to add new (and sometimes old) photos. I am also constantly experimenting with ways to organize and display my images and galleries, so don’t be surprised if things look a little different when you return.
Why did the photographer cross the road?
I write and record music for self-expression and to share with others. Most of it is instrumental, and it’s all made in my bedroom studio. My portfolio (for lack of a better word) includes piano solos, rock tunes, electronic music, and even some soundtrack-style pieces. It’s always a mystery what will happen next, but that’s part of the fun!
I studied piano privately for many years with a wonderful teacher and was self-taught guitar and drums during high school. A lot of my free time as a teenager was spent playing with notation and recording software. Music has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember, so I hope I can pass that appreciation on by making it. In my opinion, music is the most powerful form of communication.
My bedroom studio consists of a desktop running Cubase software, an interface, some mics, headphones, a keyboard, several guitars, and (when there’s enough space, which isn’t often) a cheap drum set. It’s a fairly simple setup, but it works for me. If you care to know about any specifics, or are interested in licensing or working with me as a composer, just drop me a message and I would be happy to discuss.
Whether you’re here for a look, a listen, or both, I hope you enjoy what you find.