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