Mark's Bio

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Professional Writer, Cinematographer, Photographer and Lecturer

Professional architectural, commercial, and underwater photographer/cinematographer and writer since 1992. Specializing in architectural lighting photography.

Published Photographs in such magazines as:

Illuminate Magazine April 2009

Specified Lighting Design March/April 2007

Residential Lighting May 2007

LD+A Magazine August 2005

National Geographic,

BBC Wildlife,

LD+A Magazine

Skindiver Magazine,

Marie Claire Magazine,
with actress Rebecca Romjin-Stamos

The French Periodical; Science and Life,

The Cousteau's;
Dolphin Log,

The Los Angeles Museum of Natural History's; Terra Magazine,

California Diving News,

Larry Flynt's;
Skin & Ink Magazine,

George Takei's; X.O. Magazine,

Golf Magazine.

Photos Provided to:

Conde Nast Publications: Fundamentals of Lighting 2nd ed. written by Susan


Oxford University, England;

The Osaka Aquarium, Japan;

Cal State University, Long Beach;

Capitol Disc Interactive's production of
Sharks and Rays for both CD ROM and Laser Disc to be provided with Phillip's Electronics devices for consumer market;

The Encyclopedia Brittanica's,
Year Book for 1996(Brazilian Issue);

The Smithsonian and W.H. Freeman Produced Book,
Plants, People and Culture; The Science of Ethno botany;

Children's' Vision To The Sea (a Long Beach Based Program);

The Western Samoan Visitors Bureau;

Southern California Edison, a public awareness four-fold public image piece;

Air New Zealand's Annual Report.

As a Magazine Writer:

Published four articles for California Diving News including both text and photos. Megamouth Encounter; Heisler Park, Laguna Beach; Seal Rock, Laguna Beach, Diving Monterey, Monterey California.

Published five feature articles with Larry Flynt's
Skin & Ink Magazine, including both text and Photos. The first article published was about the Western Samoan ritualistic and primal tattooing of both men and women.

George Takei's; X.O. Magazine, Titled; Smart Wheels. Including both text and photos.

As a Cinematographer and Producer:

The Long Beach Breakwater: Our Overlooked Marine Treasure; for Councilman Frank Colonna and the City of Long Beach. A thirty minute production depicting the Long Beach Breakwater as a marine sanctuary featuring the marinelife and the physical history of the breakwater.

The Kelp Forest; a seven minute introductory educational film about the amber forests of the California coast. Approximately four minutes of which are included in the Aquarium of the Pacific's Kelp Forest, Video Display.

Megamouth; Alien From The Depths; an eleven minute introductory, educational film about Megamouth Shark #6 and other California resident sharks including the Blue Shark.

Wrote, directed, shot and edited four thirty minute films for Golden Supreme, a manufacturer of top-of-the-line hair care products for training and sales purposes.

As a cinematographer:

Underwater footage shown in the following productions;

The Discovery Channel's,
Shark; The Silent Savage; A Bill Burrud Production, 1995

CBS Televisions' 1996 aired special;
Terrors of the Deep

NBC Televisions' 1996 aired special; Extremely Weird with Jay Thomas.

The Burrud, Horton and Cousteau Production of
The Shark Doctors for the Discovery Channel, 1996

Provided footage of both underwater and aerial of Western Samoa for the N.H.K Tokyo Television station Tokyo, Japan, 1995.

PBS-NOVA production of the
Lochness Monster 1999

Cameraman for the Documentary,
Meet me at Brooklyn and Soto, which aired on KCET Television, December 1996.

REAL TV 1999 and 2000

Other cinematic projects include;

Century Pictures'
Get Out of My Head and Live to Tell, Both music videos shot on 16mm.

Footage used by Capitol Disc Interactive for the Phillips Company,
Sharks and Rays.

Produced a 28 minute video for the Western Samoa Visitors Bureau Titled: Western Samoa; A World of Difference.

Underwater photographic achievements:

Active Member of the Los Angeles Underwater Photographic Society(President for 1987 and 1988 on the board for 1989-1990). Winner of more than thirty international underwater still photography awards.

Associate Photographer for the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History

Worked in 1990 with Dr. Robert Lavenberg of Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History and Dr. Donald Nelson, a Marine Biology Professor and Shark Specialist from Cal. State Long Beach, as a Photographer, Videographer and Data Collector on Megamouth Shark #6; which still remains the
Only Specimen to be Filmed, Studied and Photographed Alive.

Began working 1988, with Dr. Robert Lavenberg, Curator of Ichthyology of the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History during a research and photo expedition to Cocos Island, Costa Rica. Since then he has provided many images and worked on various projects with the museum.

As a Lecturer:

Camera Expo, Buena Park California 2003: Lectured about photographing interiors for both the consumer and the professional.

Shark Camp, Los Angeles; Various Subject Matter about Matter About Marine Life, Photography and Filmmaking and
Megamouth; Alien From The Depths.

C.I.M.I, Toyon Bay, Catalina Island; Megamouth; Alien From The Depths and Various Subject Matter about Matter About Marine Life, Photography and Filmmaking.

SeaSpace SCUBA Show, Houston, Texas, 1996.;
Megamouth; Alien From The Depths and Fish Psychology 101.

Our World Underwater SCUBA Show, Chicago Illinois, 1996;
The Kelp Forest; and Megamouth; Alien From The Depths.

Los Angeles Underwater Film Festival, 1995; Megamouth; Alien From The Depths

SCUBA 1995, Annual International SCUBA show, Long Beach, California.;
Megamouth; Alien From The Depths.

National Aquarium at Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, 1993;
Megamouth; Alien From The Depths.

Mystic Marinelife Aquarium, Mystic, Connecticut, 1993;
Megamouth; Alien From The Depths.

The New Jersey State Aquarium, Camden, New Jersey, 1993;
Megamouth; Alien From The Depths.

The Norwalk Maritime Center, Norwalk, Connecticut, 1993;
Megamouth; Alien From The Depths.

The New England Aquarium, Boston, Massachusetts, 1993;
Megamouth; Alien From The Depths.

The University of New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, 1992;
Megamouth; Alien From The Depths.

Many East and West Coast Schools of All Grade Levels.

Dive Clubs including, Sport Chalet; Orange County Underwater Photographic Society; Ventura County Underwater Photographic Society; Various Subject Matter about Marine Life, Photography and Filmmaking.

Destinations Journeyed for Location Work:

Italy, Czech Republic, Hungary, France, England, Ireland, Western Samoa, Australia, Costa Rica, Vancouver, B.C., Texas, New York, New Orleans, Chicago, New Zealand, and extensively throughout California.