Meet Photographer, Mark Peacock, 11/10/19
Q: How long have you been painting, sculpting, shooting?
A: I’ve been shooting since around the age of 16, but in 2007 started to take them with a more artistic intent. The more I explored and enjoyed street photography it became a passion ultimately resulting in my first solo art show in 2011.
Q: Who are some of your greatest influences?
A: The greatest personal influence on my love for photography was my father who was an artist and photographer. When I was a kid he used to take me out with him when he would go to photograph anything that caught his eye. Many times this just involved driving around until he saw something and we would stop and he would take his pictures. As my father did this he would point out what it was he was shooting and explain to me how and why he was framing the subject. I would say this really was the only first-hand photography education I ever received and a lot of it stuck.
Q: What inspired you to get into the arts?
A: I started out as a musician in my late teens playing bass and guitar so music was my first love. I played in various bands for many years and was fully immersed in the creative process with my band mates. In the late 90’s I opened a recording studio with a partner where I composed and produced some albums. It was during the twelve years we had the studio open that I would also do some photography to expand my creativity and ultimately that became more of an artistic pursuit than music.
Q: What was the first work of art you sold?
A: My first art show ‘Scenes from the Street’ in 2011 was held at the historic art deco Eastern Columbia Building on Broadway in downtown L.A. There were many art collectors that lived in the upper floors of the building and after seeing the show purchased various prints of black and white Los Angeles night photography for their loft apartments.
Q: Why photography rather than another medium?
A: I like traveling around and many times this is on my motorcycle. Whether it’s on the road or in the city I’ll see a scene in my mind’s eye that would make a good photograph and I’ll stop and compose a shot. This is why photography became a creative medium for me and it’s something I love to do.
Q: What are your favorite materials to work with?
A: DSLR digital camera and the images fine-tuned in photoshop.
Q: What kind of art do you own or show in your house or do you only have your own work displayed?
A: Oddly enough, I do not have a single print of my own work hanging in my home but when I make a print I always think that it should be something I’d like to hang on my own wall. I have a variety of art work which I purchased over the years consisting of mainly framed prints, some oil paintings, one most notably painted by my father and various lithographs.
Q: What is the philosophy behind your work?
A: Capturing the ordinary and elevating it to something more than what a particular street scene, building or thing is. That is when it becomes art.