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


The Photography:

What attracts me most to photography is that it necessitates observance. When the difference between a throw-away shot and a great shot can be fractions of an inch or split seconds, details are important. The world is a busy, complex environment, so it’s easy to overlook a lot of it. A camera in hand is a reason for me to be curious and pay closer attention to my surroundings; setting the camera down is a reminder that I don’t need it in hand to keep the same mindset.


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. 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.


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.


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


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


The Music:
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.


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



Whether you’re here for a look, a listen, or both, I hope you enjoy what you find.



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