About Me - Mark Venner Photography

Background

One could say that I was not originally a photographer by trade; that would be an accurate statement. I was educated in Information Technology / Computer Science and then spent a little over a decade working as an IT Professional. I was lucky enough to be able to travel to 30+ countries during this portion of my professional life. This allowed me to see a variety of landscapes and scenes, many of which I wasn’t able to photograph at a high standard (for one reason or another). A circuitous turn of events allowed me to then pursue what has turned into a uniquely fulfilling and challenging career as a professional landscape photographer. This passion was seriously lit after spending just 10 days on a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail that meets up with the John Muir Trail just outside of Yosemite National Park. This trek has shaped the course of events in my life in ways that I couldn’t have imagined at the time. I became absolutely captivated with a wilderness that I never really knew or appreciated, but that was right in my backyard the whole time. I couldn’t believe how someone that seemed to be so connected with the digital world and information could be so disconnected with regard to the natural beauty that was just around the corner. It made me wonder how many other folks were just like me in that they were highly connected, yet didn’t know or completely understand what they were missing in the natural world. It is my hope that one day someone like this will see a photograph of mine for the first time, and discover a place that is new to them that sparks their imagination and curiosity. Then I hope they say to themselves, “I really want to go see that.”; and finally they will take the action and do it. There is just so much beauty in the natural world it would be a shame to have that go unnoticed by more people than necessary. To me photography is the best way I can think to try and communicate that beauty to others, or at least the medium I am best equipment to communicate with.

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