After working as a freelance photographer in southern Ohio Mark came to the Maine Media Workshops + College in early 2012 for a brief summer break, and never left.
Mark has been interested in photography as long as he can remember. As a child Mark had a theory that photographs were already inside the little film canisters, and when sent off to be developed all the store did was take them out, unfold them, and iron out the creases.
Mark originally got dual majors in German Area Studies and Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University in upstate New York. He passed through various careers in a few different states and countries before deciding, in the midst of the Great Recession, to quit a perfectly fine job to become a professional creative person. Mark then attended graduate school at Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio, where he completed the coursework for a master's degree in Visual Communication, focusing on both commercial photography and photojournalism. (Somewhere along the way he gained a greater understanding of how images are really made and has abandoned the ironed-out-creases theory.)
During the summer of 2012 Mark made over 3000 images per week documenting the goings on at the Workshops for the course catalog, Facebook, and other marketing purposes. As a teaching assistant for the Professional Certificate program over the winter of 2012-2013 Mark got into historical processes, particularly gum bichromate, and now works at a more sedate pace of one print in three weeks. He looks forward to the rush of adrenalin from shooting 30 frames per second!