Today we’d like to introduce you to Mark Indig.
Mark, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My journey in photography started when I was hired to find locations for a commercial in New York City in 1975. Location Scouting & Managing became a career for the next 15 years as I transitioned into feature films and then moved to LA in 1984. So not only did I have to teach myself photography fast, my skills developed in finding interesting things to shoot and telling a story about these places in a few images.
As my movie career evolved into Studio Executive, Production Manager and Producer, photography became a personal passion. Five years ago I transitioned into photography full time and have been rewarded with many awards and exhibitions, including the Annenberg Space for Photography, the Riverside Museum of Art, the Griffin Museum (MA), Davis Orton Gallery (NY), Camerawork Gallery (OR), the Millard Sheets Gallery, Gallery 825 and the Neutra Gallery in September.
I have visited and photographed in all 5o states and 50 countries but it is hard to beat LA as a place of visual interest.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
As far as my movie career, there have certainly been highs and lows. I worked on one of the biggest hits of all time (Titanic) and one of the biggest flops of all time (Lone Ranger). The pressures were high and the hours were long, but it was never boring.
With the advent of digital cameras, the smartphone and editing software, photography continues to be exponentially more competitive. Trends and fads come and go. Getting the right exposure (pun intended) can be frustrating. Being seen in VoyageLA is most appreciated.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Mark Indig Photography – what should we know?
I do fine art photography, create photo books and work on long-term photo projects. My long-term projects include:
*a 5-year photo study of the LA River
*a 6-month photo/demographic study of all of LA County’s 88 autonomous cities
*a 6-month photo study of disappearing small businesses that are closed on Sundays.
My books include OHI: YO´ a 2015 look at the state of life along the 1000 mile length of the Ohio River that presaged the 2016 elections. My next project is a photo circumnavigation of the Chesapeake Bay.
From my year’s scouting movie locations, I developed a unique style of photography which began with trying to show the soul of a location.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
The photo community is the most sharing and generous I’ve encountered. This extends to other artists, colleagues, competitors, teachers, vendors, social media communities.
There is always help, advice, and encouragement available. No question, problem or need goes unanswered.
- Website: http://markindigphotography.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mark.indig.3