Hello!
My name is Mark, Eastern Oregon is my home, and I have two huge creative passions – photography and music.

The Photography:

 

What I like the most about photography is that it encourages exploration. The world is a busy place, and it’s easy to overlook a lot of it. A camera in hand is a reminder to be curious and pay closer attention to my surroundings.

Current equipment:
-Nikon D3300.
-AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II.
-AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D.
-AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II.
-Minolta MD W.ROKKOR-X 20mm with reverse ring adapter.
-Tokina 100mm f/2.8 macro.
Homemade diffuser.
-Lightroom.

Photography became a serious hobby for me near the end of 2015, when my parents surprised me with a DSLR camera for a Christmas gift. I hardly knew anything about basic stuff like shutter speeds, apertures, or ISO, but that didn’t stop me from switching to manual and taking lots of (pretty bad) pictures around the backyard and elsewhere. Thousands of shutter cycles later I actually have an idea what I’m doing, but there is always something new to be learned or old to be practiced, which is part of what makes photography so enjoyable.

Be sure to check back occasionally, as I will continue to update my galleries. You can also follow me on Instagram: @themarkhorton.

A photography joke:
Why did the photographer cross the road?

Answer

To ‘stop down’ on the other side.

The Music:

 

I compose and record music, typically instrumental, in a small bedroom studio. Making music is something I do primarily as a hobby, and with the wonders of technology I am able to share it with the world. I also occasionally make tracks for a friend who is an app developer. My stylistic preferences include new age, rock, electronic, and soundtracks.

Music has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember. 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. In my opinion, music is the most powerful form of communication.

As of writing this, my bedroom studio consists of an HP desktop computer, Cubase 7.5, a variety of virtual instrument plugins (Ivory II Pianos is my favorite), a Tascam US-1800 interface, some microphones, a DGX-505 keyboard, several guitars (a few made by my uncle), and a cheap drum set (I often use virtual drums just because there isn’t enough space to set up a kit). Sometimes I’m tempted to say my setup isn’t very fancy, but people can make great music with much, much less. One perk about working in a less-than-ideal space is that limitations often require creativity, which is always beneficial for an artist.

I hope you enjoy the music.

A music joke:
Why did the songwriter cross the road?

Answer

Because that was slightly less cliche than walking down the road.

 

Whether you’re here for a look, a listen, or accidentally ended up here after your cat walked across your keyboard, I hope you enjoy what you find.

-Mark

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