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 rock 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 Salmon Arm, British Columbia. They adventure together whenever they can, taking on hiking, climbing, and cycling expeditions throughout North America and abroad. Mark is a practising British Columbia Land Surveyor. He spends much of his free time making photographs, studying art, and showing his photography to others.