Mark loves exploring the natural spaces, big and small, all around him. He has always been captivated by the beauty of the natural world, both aesthetically and in terms of the fascinating complexity of ecosystems. Photography began as something he did for himself, a way to appreciate his encounters and experiences in nature in a new light, but he has grown to love using it as a tool to inspire wonder in others.
Mark believes that people protect what they love, so he uses photography to show people the beauty of nature and the biodiversity that we share this planet with, especially in places close to home. Mark’s goal with photography is to show that there is interesting wildlife, and beautiful nature everywhere, you just have to be willing to look for it.
He attended the University of Guelph, where he earned an H.B.Sc in Zoology and an M.Sc in Integrative Biology, throughout which he was actively involved in research, developing a fondness for the scientific method. Wanting to combine this love of science with his passion for photography, Mark completed Fleming College’s Environmental Visual Communications program.
Mark now lives in Ottawa, where he works as a member of the communications team at Ottawa Riverkeeper, a local environmental NGO that advocates for the health of the Ottawa River and its watershed. He also does design work for the CCPC.
Whether he’s sharing his photos to show the beauty of nature that is all around us, distilling complex issues or concepts into easily-digestible graphics, or simply having a conversation, Mark is always looking for ways to share his passion for nature (particularly animals) and inspire others to want to protect and preserve it.