I am Mark McGilvray, a photographer. I do not enjoy writing about myself, I do love photography. I do not have an ‘artist’s statement’ as such and have always regarded them as pretentious malarkey. Well, maybe – Get it while you can. As I get older it is something to live by.
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 after ghastly first efforts. 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.
I attended UC Berkeley, studied physics and applied mathematics among other things. I had an epiphany and decided to become a famous writer. I graduated with a degree in English from Cal 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.
Making a living in the world intervened. 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 years ago. I enjoy photography much more.
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