Blog by Photographer Mark Hanson

And so it began...

I don't know what tempted me to take those first photos. What I can say is, from the first time I snapped the shutter I felt like I had done it a thousand times before. I was published in 6 magazines in my second year of photography, and it all seemed to come naturally. 

It's a symmetry. A perfect light falling on a face. Then a feeling or thought. Something that makes you say wow... and then in many cases to make it interesting you must somehow make it slightly un-perfect. There is such an art to imperfection, especially in today's works.

You can make it: pretty, rough, sexy, modest, sleepy, awake, envious, trashy, lustful, lustless, joyous, depressed, sweet, hardcore, alive, or dead. You can make it anything you want, but make it something. 

Nobody taught me how to take photos. I am self-taught and I have learned as I go. When I see my subject, I do what I know I can do best, and then I try something unplanned. I do something perhaps I've never done before.

I challenge myself with darkness. From the beginning I've always wanted everything to be seen. No piece go unnoticed. That is one specific style, and I am praised much more for this photograph. But I challenge my mind to let the shadows and pure darkness speak as well. 

Humans are breathtaking to me. We are such complex creatures. Having studied human anatomy and physiology in college, I can attest to humans being nearly incomprehensible creatures. Some of my work wants to capture just the raw sex appeal of a human, and some of my work wants to capture the feelings inside. Sometimes both.

I am moved by you. All of you. 

Lastly, I can say that it wasn't until I stopped looking in the mirror that I could see all of you. Let me tell you, while you may be gorgeous, there is nothing more breathtaking than appreciating the beauty of the people around you. It has freed my mind and given me so much more to appreciate in life. If I were to photograph every human in the world... I'd probably finally retire, and start shooting pets ;)

To You, and You, and You. TY

I love people. Everyone is so unique. It's somewhat fascinating. The way people hold themselves differently, the way they possess a different style, and the way their minds work. I wanted to take a moment to thank each person I have ever shot for two reasons. ONE- lending me your thoughts, and your beautiful selves, and TWO- indirectly teaching me something. Call it luck but I've had the pleasure of shooting some really cool people and with each new person I learn something new. Part of that is because they may have a cool idea to lend, or maybe its just because I find something a little different about each person in a photograph, and I like to push that one thing as far as I can. Their eyes, their body, their smile, their attitude, their posture, their thoughts, their hope, their power, their enthusiasm, their innocence. The list goes on, and...  I can't wait to see what, who, and where's next. Here's to you my friends!

 

Play Your Favorite Mashup

There will always be a DJ mashup of 80s Hits and Todays Top 40s, Rock N Roll and Hip Hop Anthems, and not unlike fashion, these mashups are also seen through camera lenses and on to your magazines. While there is an easy to see style gap between your Vogue - Cosmo, and the bi-annual Indie Mags, there are definitely some mashup style mags out there. Today you can wear a Prada gown with Doc Marten Combats, or a full tat sleeve with Ralph Lauren's classic sleeveless knit top. The possibilities are endless my friends!

Ok I'm just a photographer, but most photographers I know don't have a stylist with a huge wardrobe available to fit every model that graces their lenses. To survive in this arena, you must have a little bit of fashion sense as a photographer, or, be asking the model to take 75% of the wardrobe off (which often looks pretty darn good to be honest) After all we are beautiful creatures. 

So whatever the style may be; Aristocrat, 60's, disco, 80's, grunge, nude, or space suits?... it will come around again. I must assume however, in our human eagerness to reinvent, that we will continue to implode all we know, and rebirth something fresh. I foresee that someday we will create the greatest beauty and style, not from one era, but from the convergence of all combined. Call it a "best of" album if you will.