Photographers who inspire me ~ #4 ~ Mark Olwick

There are many photographers who inspire me.

Most often, it is their photographs from which I draw the inspiration. Sometimes I am influenced by their philosophies of workflow, technique or craftsmanship. Occasionally inspiration will flow from how they choose to live their creative life.

Whatever their uniqueness, each in their own way have added something to my own journey as a landscape photographer.

From time to time, I would like to share these photographers with you here, so that you too have the opportunity to discover and be inspired by them.


 :: Mark Olwick

I like Mark Olwick’s work because his work will often surprise me.

“Show me something I have not seen before” is the catch-cry of many photographic judges, photo buyers and curators. It forms the bases of a worthy goal for any serious photographer to strive to produce such work.  But that is a lot easier said than done.  Yet this is a barrier which Mark will often break through.  He offers up compositions and interpretations of subjects which I find to be fresh and different. In doing so he pushes me out of my own comfort zone. His work is challenging and sets higher benchmarks. His vision is often very different and that gets me thinking and gets me wanting to try new ways to approach capturing a subject.  And that is a good thing.

Mark does not run with the pack. He seeks out his own vision and makes photographs which often stop me and require me to look deeper and longer.

Mark has just recently won a silver medal at the ‘Prix de la Photographie’ in Paris, in the category “Altered Images” for his entry entitled, ” Three elephants, Botswana.” This highly competitive juried competition selected winners from thousands of entries from over 85 countries.

Mark is also a very supportive and helpful photographic colleague. He is often willing to reach out and share his thoughts and suggestions with other photographers.

I would encourage you to bookmark Mark’s site and visit from time to time. His work and his blog are both inspiring and thought provoking.

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  1. Hi Steve, I always enjoy all your posts, thank you thank you for sharing.
    Have you ever read anything about Brooks Jensen or seen his magazine Lens Work ? He also shares lots of info…
    Eduardo Saez

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