Encounter ©Mark Curtin

Mark was born and raised in Alief, Texas, at the time an exurb of Houston. In elementary school he began on his path to art in an after-school art appreciation class. By the time he graduated high school the farms and ranches had been replaced by suburbia. He has always had a fascination with machines and especially how things work. He moved on to the Northeast to attend Boston University where he earned a degree in Mathematics. Learning the language of science enabled him to get a better understanding of the mechanics of the world around him. At this time his love for photography took hold and he began to work with color and black and white film, slides, transparencies, and prints. Returning to Houston after graduation he began to explore the commercial aspects of photography as an aerial photographer. Working with the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Los Angeles he also completed his first documentary work, The VORs of Texas, an exhaustive examination of all of the VOR antennas in the State. Making a switch from aerial photography Mark took up a career in the oilfield, designing and manufacturing equipment for all stages of that very large space. This phase took him around the world and to Singapore and Norway for extended stays. Photography was still a part of the day to-day work, but of a more practical type. After leaving the oilfield he resumed a more intimate relationship with photography, working as a freelancer. This work includes portraits, collections, and personal documentaries. To this day he has never stopped taking pictures, never stopped learning and has continued to refine his photographic vision. He lives with his wife Darcy in Hallettsville, Texas


Equipment used: Nikon Z6 II camera, Nikon 24-70 f/4 lens, ISO 800,  f/5.6, 1/60 s, 35 mm focal length.