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L. N. Holmes: “What messages do you try to communicate through your photographs to those who view them?”
Mark Marshall: “I try to communicate what I see and sometimes what I think. However, sometimes I just want the viewer to take a moment to relax, breathe, and enjoy the beauty of this world.”
L. N. Holmes: “You recently went on a trip with your elder brother to different places in the Midwestern and Western United States. Why was this important for your growth as an artist? What did it mean to take this trip with your brother, who is a painter?”
Mark Marshall: “First, I wanted to get images from the west and the mountains of the Grand Tetons to expand my body of work.
“Second, I also wanted to learn from my brother as we went to the different places we visited. We talked about technique and why he did things the way he did. Many of our conversations were very technical and detailed.
L. N. Holmes: “How do you support other artists?”
Mark Marshall: “On the recent trip to the Grand Tetons with Chuck, I searched for gifts for my wife and specifically asked for local artists’ work. I also willingly share other artists’ work and postings on my Facebook page at Mark Marshall Photography.”
L. N. Holmes: “What’s your biggest complaint about the photography industry?”
Mark Marshall: “So many people are ‘doing photography’ now that it is hard to distinguish yourself. In order to get a ‘typical’ portraiture type client, you are expected to give away your images for very little money because so many people are willing to do that. However, if you are truly good and set yourself apart from the ‘Uncle Bobs’ out there and you are worth the price you charge…
“Very few people who want photographs truly understand the amount of work, time, and effort required; not to mention the cost of equipment, gas, and all the other overhead that goes along with the business. It’s as simple as this: If you only want food to fill you up, go to a fast food place and you get only that. If you want a fantastic meal prepared by a skilled chef that is an event and very memorable, go to a great restaurant — and pay the extra price. A cheap photographer is like the fast food place; look at the quality. A talented photographer will give you a piece of art that is sentimental to you, that you will cherish for many years to come.”