"So you can make me come, that doesn’t make you Jesus."
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"So you can make me come, that doesn’t make you Jesus."

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Alright, enough of this fun stuff, time to get back to work.

I have been trying to complicate my photo process as much as possible in the last year. I’ve obstructed the lens with every object imaginable, tried to capture the busiest of movement in the lowest light, and far less logical ideas. All of photography is just capturing light that is bouncing off of something else, so here is just a very slight example of part of a process I played with last year, shooting everything as a reflection in a mirror. 
Thankfully my buddy Cherish looks pretty wonderful no matter what, so this time I precariously balanced this mirror on rocks and my heavy camera bag while she just hung out in the shade of the little make-shift tent I had created for her. There are countless images from this shoot and I know this probably isn’t even the best one, but I just wanted to talk about technique and share some thoughts for a second. Thanks for indulging me.Comments/Questions?

I have been trying to complicate my photo process as much as possible in the last year. I’ve obstructed the lens with every object imaginable, tried to capture the busiest of movement in the lowest light, and far less logical ideas. All of photography is just capturing light that is bouncing off of something else, so here is just a very slight example of part of a process I played with last year, shooting everything as a reflection in a mirror.


Thankfully my buddy Cherish looks pretty wonderful no matter what, so this time I precariously balanced this mirror on rocks and my heavy camera bag while she just hung out in the shade of the little make-shift tent I had created for her. There are countless images from this shoot and I know this probably isn’t even the best one, but I just wanted to talk about technique and share some thoughts for a second. Thanks for indulging me.

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The deepest secrets are the hardest to hear.
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The deepest secrets are the hardest to hear.

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"Another day has dawned…"
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Model: Erin VonBeck
MUA: Ariel Lizarraga
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"Another day has dawned…"

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Model: Erin VonBeck

MUA: Ariel Lizarraga

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eazytigereazy asked: Your photography work is amazing.. The creativity is excellent. And you flip burgers? What a beautiful life. Your work is inspiring. To kill and eat a burger with Mr. Velasquez & learn from him would be an honor. Much love brother! Keep inspiring.

Thank you for those kind words. I just try to keep myself entertained.

Anonymous asked: Who do you think are some good photographers today?

Some of my most notable favorites right now are Damon Loble, Henry Gaudier-Greene, Kesler Tran, Fox Harvard, Megan McIsaac, Yulia Gorodinski, Robert Voltaire, Nan Goldin, and Tamara Lichtenstein, but there are countless others. Some of these people do financially well with their photography and others do not. Still, what these people don’t rely on Photoshop filters or actions, they create mainly with the knowledge of the camera and a keen eye.

Who are some of your favorites?

A simple case of reflected light and shadow at my favorite hidden spot.
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A simple case of reflected light and shadow at my favorite hidden spot.

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"…The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,But I have promises to keep,And miles to go before I sleep,And miles to go before I sleep.” 

My favorite poem.
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"…The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”

My favorite poem.

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Lately my most favorite images are the softer, quieter ones. Here is Bailey in the Nipomo foothills from last Fall. I just can’t get enough of the contrasting light and shadows.
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Lately my most favorite images are the softer, quieter ones. Here is Bailey in the Nipomo foothills from last Fall. I just can’t get enough of the contrasting light and shadows.

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godlovesbacon asked: Mark, just found your blog, you might want to quit your day job. Your art is awefuckingmazing. Seriously love it all, you are a magnificent soul. Peace. JFrost

Some of my favorite photographers working today barely make a living from their photography or not at all, so I don’t feel too bad that I need a day job. Still, it would be nice to get more photo jobs.

Either way, whether it is painting, sculpture, or other mixed media projects, I create for myself, not because I get paid for it. Thanks for the kind words of support and stick around for more images coming soon!

"The Autumn days swung soft around meLike cotton on my skin.”
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"The Autumn days swung soft around me
Like cotton on my skin.”

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Model: Hattie Watson

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"You moved like honeyIn my dream last night.”
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"You moved like honey
In my dream last night.”

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Model: Hattie Watson

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Whenever there is a moment when my friend Cherish and I don’t know what to do during a photo shoot, she will always instinctively play with her breasts to kill time. Despite years of her doing this, it always catches me by surprise and cracks me up. Here is just the most recent occurrence.
See more of Cherish in my new Kitties & Titties calendar, which you can still order, HERE!

Whenever there is a moment when my friend Cherish and I don’t know what to do during a photo shoot, she will always instinctively play with her breasts to kill time. Despite years of her doing this, it always catches me by surprise and cracks me up. Here is just the most recent occurrence.

See more of Cherish in my new Kitties & Titties calendar, which you can still order, HERE!

I spent the last Monday of 2013 hanging out with Cherish, who has modeled for me for over seven years. She has only gotten better with age and I am so proud of how she has grown and changed over the years. We went for a long drive and shot on the Avila Cliffs until after sunset. This was the last shoot of 2013 and a great way to end a complicated year.
See more of Cherish in my new Kitties & Titties calendar, which you can still order, HERE!

I spent the last Monday of 2013 hanging out with Cherish, who has modeled for me for over seven years. She has only gotten better with age and I am so proud of how she has grown and changed over the years. We went for a long drive and shot on the Avila Cliffs until after sunset. This was the last shoot of 2013 and a great way to end a complicated year.

See more of Cherish in my new Kitties & Titties calendar, which you can still order, HERE!