I am Mark McGilvray, a photographer. While I do not enjoy writing about myself, I do love photography. I haven’t an “artist’s statement” beyond that. Well, maybe – Get it while you can. As I get older this seems as good as any. Don't waste time.
As a brief bio, I attended UC Berkeley, studied physics and applied mathematics for three years. I had an epiphany and decided to become a famous writer. I graduated with a degree in English from UCB in 1973. The famous writer plan did not pan out. The grounding in our common language and its literature has been both satisfying and useful, if not exactly the path to fame and riches. I worked in construction management for many years, acquiring both an MBA and an MS in civil engineering along the way. I mostly enjoyed it until my early retirement several years ago. I am enjoying my retirement much more.
My first excursion into "real photography” was in 1981 when I bought a Toyo 4x5 camera and two Rodenstock lenses. Much film was exposed and effort expended until I learned how to use the camera. Decent images began to emerge. Film died (good riddance!) and digital was born. I followed this intensely, teaching myself, learning from others, and sometimes paying professionals to teach me things like studio lighting - rather than spend years reinventing the wheel. I am always amazed at the amount of information available for the asking from many talented professional photographers in the business.
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