Many people have asked for more about me and what attracts me to the kind of photography I do. This section is for them – I hope it will help you get to know me as the human being behind the photographs.
As far as I go, I'm a jack-of-all-trades, a gypsy, a free thinker and a dreamer, a protagonist in my own life and an antagonist in many others'. I'm not a typical frustrated artist, but maybe just a little. I love my life, and I do with it what I can.
Sometimes, when I see through my magic tunnel of brass and glass, I can feel myself becoming inverted and distorted, like the photographs that pass through my camera. My image resembles myself, but magnified, saturated, and provocatively rendered. Being in this state, this kind of enhanced awareness, is a starting point for my work.
Since the beginning, I've always photographed temporary things, threatened things, and hopelessly out-of-the-way things. I create when I feel a connection. A subject's shapes, colours, and textures are only vessels, like words in a poem, to help explain what I feel. To this end, I work with my subjects spontaneously, as I find them, and do all of my creative manipulation with traditional optics, in the field.
My creative process has never been easy; navigating the rapids of a fresh idea can be rewarding but thoroughly exhausting. I work abstractly and non-linearly – however, my designs do have trends over time, usually with the goal of delaying recognition so a photograph may better dialogue with its viewer, free of labels. Recent techniques have included seeing without gravity, designing in soft focus, and using shapes to continue the photograph beyond the physical frame.
My current projects are polar opposites, evolving abstract design in both natural and urban environments. In coming years, I hope to rectify the two ways of seeing, aligning my work more closely to my opinions of our changing world.
Mark Raymond Mason grew up close to nature, in the quiet interior of British Columbia, Canada. His parents were very active – Mark, an only child, was introduced to the wilds as a baby in a backpack, and began to explore on his own as soon as he could walk. Naturally curious and creative, he was also immersed in the arts, but it was in high school that an open-minded art teacher gave him free reign with a real camera for the first time.
After leaving home, Mark traveled and adventured for long periods, learning trades like shoe cobbling, English teaching, and ranch-handing in between. He met his wife, Terri, on a rocking climbing trip. He learned a host of artistic skills, but it wasn't until he sold a broken-down car to an auto wrecker that he finally bought his first camera. The fit was immediate and electric; Mark has spent the better part of the years since refining his skill and exploring creative possibilities from behind the lens.
Mark, Terri, and their son Finlay live in Kamloops, British Columbia. They adventure together throughout the world whenever they can, taking on hiking, climbing, and cycling expeditions throughout North America and abroad. On top of his photography career, Mark is studying and articling to become a professional land surveyor. He still spends most of his free time making photographs, studying art, and showing his photography to others.
Merit Award: "Brilliant Branches"
Merit Award: "Leaf, Ice, Reflections"
Solo Exhibition: "A Photography Portfolio"
Two Artist Exhibition
Group Exhibition: "A Spirit of Place"
Two Artist Exhibition
Two Artist Exhibition: "Natural Light"
Featured Artist, Group Exhibition: "Nature and Humanity"
Solo Exhibition: "Mark Raymond Mason, Photographs"
"Leaf, Ice, Reflections" 27" x 41"
Workshop: "How to Get the Most From Your 35mm Camera"
"Spring Grasses" 11" x 16.5"
"White Tree, Red Leaves" 11" x 16.5"
Activities / Current Projects
"Lost Art of Progress"
There are a lot of people who have helped me become who I am. My wife, Terri, partner in adventure, who surprises, challenges and inspires me, and who can make a bad photo day good anyway. My parents, who always believed I could do something great. And many, many others – fellow artists, friends, teachers and complete strangers who have stuck themselves forever in my mind.
"There are only five real heroes: the Wanderer, the Warrior, the Magician, the Martyr, and the Orphan." – Unknown