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.”
———————Model: Hattie WatsonComments/Questions?

"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.”
———————Model: Hattie WatsonComments/Questions?

"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!

arclight-image asked: Where do you go or what do you do to find inspiration when it seems lost?

henrygaudier:

I never really feel inspired.  I simply take photos. Sometimes they are good; most often they are not. Apart from the connection that it creates between me and someone else—which is really the momentary connection of being separated from someone a little less—photography is largely a matter of finding what will suffice. I rarely shoot in the same place more than a few times, so what passes for inspiration is the act of deciphering how to overcome that limitations and problems that present themselves: how to make the light and the few objects or walls that surround me become something other than themselves for an instant. 

Though in previous years my editorial work was directly inspired by many things, the last few years of my work can be best described by Henry’s words above. Thanks for putting it into such a clear, concise paragraph, sir.

-Mark

Cherish on the surface of an alien planet. Or at the Avila Cliffs at sunset. My last official shoot of the year. 2013 proved itself to be a challenging, enlightening, and more momentous year than usual for my life. I’ve been shocked and pleased by all the things I have learned this year, the many miles I traveled, the new friendships I formed, and the new love I discovered. I won’t make promises for what the new year will hold, I can only wish that 2014 reveals itself to be as interesting as 2013 has been. A sincere thank you to all who enjoy and support me in my work, it means more than you could ever realize. Take care of yourselves and see you on the other side.Comments/Questions?

Cherish on the surface of an alien planet. Or at the Avila Cliffs at sunset. My last official shoot of the year.

2013 proved itself to be a challenging, enlightening, and more momentous year than usual for my life. I’ve been shocked and pleased by all the things I have learned this year, the many miles I traveled, the new friendships I formed, and the new love I discovered. I won’t make promises for what the new year will hold, I can only wish that 2014 reveals itself to be as interesting as 2013 has been.

A sincere thank you to all who enjoy and support me in my work, it means more than you could ever realize. Take care of yourselves and see you on the other side.

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Jenna has always personified youth and natural beauty to me since I met her last year. This is from our last shoot of 2013, I look forward to discovering what 2014 will bring for both of us.
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Jenna has always personified youth and natural beauty to me since I met her last year. This is from our last shoot of 2013, I look forward to discovering what 2014 will bring for both of us.

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I started off my Sunday morning by shooting with my little buddy Jenna, who is almost eighteen, months away from graduating from high school, and about to tackle some complicated goals in her future. I’m proud of this young lady and hope there are many good things to come for her. 
This year is ending on a much higher note than I had anticipated, but of course there are many challenges for all of us in 2014. Let’s try and keep our heads out there, shall we?
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I started off my Sunday morning by shooting with my little buddy Jenna, who is almost eighteen, months away from graduating from high school, and about to tackle some complicated goals in her future. I’m proud of this young lady and hope there are many good things to come for her.

This year is ending on a much higher note than I had anticipated, but of course there are many challenges for all of us in 2014. Let’s try and keep our heads out there, shall we?

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Here is a favorite unpublished image of my buddy Jesslyn from last year. This was simply a light experiment, all in-camera.




See more of Jess on the cover of my new Kitties & Titties 2014 calendar, you won’t be disappointed. Thank you all again for your continued support this year!
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Here is a favorite unpublished image of my buddy Jesslyn from last year. This was simply a light experiment, all in-camera.

See more of Jess on the cover of my new Kitties & Titties 2014 calendar, you won’t be disappointed. Thank you all again for your continued support this year!

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