Today we’d like to introduce you to Mark Argerake.
Mark, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born and raised in New England, and I’ve called Southern California my home since 1990. I have a wonderful wife of 23 years, and I’m a father of 4 magnificent kids, two nutty dogs, and one sarcastic betta fish.
I don’t remember when my father gave me my first camera, but my earliest memory of taking photos was in 1976 when my father took me to see the Freedom Train when it had stopped in Lowell, MA. My dad was a mechanical engineer and incredibly creative and talented when it came to drawing, carving, and photography. Photography was how my father and I bonded growing up. We would spend our weekends traveling around New England taking pictures of the beautiful landscapes, seasonal changes, colorful foliage, historic locations, and varying beaches along the coast.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am a photographer who specializes in fine art outdoor photography from the mountains of Northern Arizona to the beaches of Southern California. I love sharing how I experience the outdoors with others through my photography. I try to capture simple moments of beauty.
Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
I have seen more and more cities adding monthly art walks to their calendars. I have also seen more and more opportunities in terms of art shows and fairs for artists to showcase their work. On the other hand, this provides a great opportunity for artists to put themselves out there and share what they create. Unfortunately, fees for artists have gotten a bit excessive at some shows in my opinion. The more access artists can get to interact with other artists and the broader spectrum of the public that can see their art, I believe will catapult artists to new levels.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
When I share a photograph, I am always hoping to share feelings the photograph portrays with the viewer; every picture has a deeper and very personal meaning and story behind it. If a photo failed to give a story, I wouldn’t share it.
I am a huge advocate for printing photographs. Like many have said before me, a photograph isn’t complete until it is printed and hanging on a wall. I appreciate large prints, especially 16×24” and larger. That is all I sell through my website. I want my prints to make an impact in a room. I print my photos on fine art paper and canvas and high-quality aluminum.
- Address: Murrieta, CA
- Website: https://www.instagram.com/markaphotos/
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