August 19, 2021
Photography provides me a quiet escape; allowing me to clear my mind and recharge my energy.
I have been a wildlife and landscape photographer for as long as I’ve worked at SBSI. At a workshop, a friend shared that he was a photographer who adventured, and described me conversely as an adventurer who photographs. I’d say that sums it up pretty well.
Leading people to scenes, experiences and adventures that they may never get to see on their own is where I find the joy in photography.
I’ve paddled out to a distant island to capture and share the sparkling Milky Way rising over a lighthouse in the middle of the night in the dead of winter. I’ve risen in the wee hours of the morning to hike to the top of a beautiful peak just in time to capture the sun breaking the horizon as the early morning fog blankets the valley below. I’ve kayaked leisurely along a quiet stream in the evening to capture a moose and her calf looking on in a bit of bewilderment. I’ve happened across an owl doing what owls do.
Clicking the shutter to capture those experiences so I’m able to share the joy with others is what photography is all about for me.
It’s the adventure that is planned rather than the photograph, as my photographs are often more spontaneous and in the moment than something planned out. However, at times, there is some planning as well.
Gratitude is the greatest reward I receive for bringing someone along for the adventure via prose and pictures.
- Mark Jones
To see more of Mark’s work, please visit: www.markhjonesphotography.zenfolio.com