(mostly) daily photoblog

Who I am

 

My name is Marc.  I am a photographer for the psychological benefits.  There is a zen-like moment of nothingness – where the world disappears and the only thing I’m thinking about is the shot I’m taking – that I love about photography.

I try to notice the things that are right in front of me – try to make the mundane remarkable.

When I’m not shooting photos, I’m a father to two awesome children who regularly remind me to be more fun.  I’m a husband to the coolest chick around who lets me indulge my stupid obsessions (like Star Wars and Batman) without judgment.  I’m a teacher of high school students, and recently learned that the world can be changed in fun ways by working with teenagers.

As of 9 July, 2o12, my family and I moved to Jakarta, Indonesia.  In an otherwise uncharacteristic move, we decided upon a life of adventure instead of the comfortable and safe life we’d been building for ourselves up to that point.  It is a most wonderful adventure, so far, and our daily life has been turned into an education in culture.  I can’t quite understand how we all decided this was a great idea, but the children are getting a great education, my wife and I get to work in the same school, and we have quite a lot of traveling around South Asia already in the works.

Quick note:  on February 28th, WordPress decided that I would be one of many Freshly Pressed sites that day.  I was inundated with views (3052 – whoo!) and comments from people who really wanted to let everyone know how they felt.  It was weird, in a nice way.  I commented back to as many people as I could and the comments keep flowing in even now (March 9).  I switched from another blogging service to WordPress last year and I have been more than pleased.  Thanks, WordPress.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at the world through my eyes.  You’re very nice.

59 responses

  1. Nice blog.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:16 pm

  2. “The Psychological Benefits” Dude, I like that!

    July 29, 2011 at 7:31 am

    • There are days when, if it weren’t for the benefits of photography, I might need therapy. I like to think of it as self-counseling.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      July 29, 2011 at 7:43 am

  3. Great photos! +Follower

    August 14, 2011 at 9:01 pm

  4. A J

    Amazing collection of photographs.

    August 29, 2011 at 12:28 am

  5. Nice blog and interesting photos!

    September 17, 2011 at 10:24 am

  6. G

    Going to school for about 11 years now, and can easily say your the best teacher I’ve ever had. You and Mr. Neufeld just put a smile on every student’s face in class. Props to that, because usually that rarely occurs. :)

    September 26, 2011 at 9:15 pm

  7. Just wanted to say I love your photography :) You have a new follower

    October 2, 2011 at 2:57 pm

  8. nice photography!

    October 6, 2011 at 11:12 am

  9. I think I shall follow some great photos….

    October 6, 2011 at 11:20 am

  10. great blog!

    October 6, 2011 at 12:51 pm

  11. Kudos to your blog – in reading your description of photography and your zest for it, I better understand why I myself enjoy it so much. Thank you so much for sharing your insights, great photos :)

    October 6, 2011 at 7:00 pm

  12. Love your photos! And I think I was meant to stumble upon your blog because we have very similar header photographs (though my blog isn’t a photography one, I still have a photo I took as my header). Either our minds work similarly (in which case, I’m very happy not to be the only one!) or it’s the kind of photo that lends itself well for use as a header. Anyway, glad to have found this site!

    October 6, 2011 at 7:51 pm

  13. just reading this short description of who you are makes me feel like i wanna love photography–and life–too! thanks for letting me (us) look at the world through your eyes.

    October 7, 2011 at 4:04 am

  14. Thats a nice note of introduction !

    October 7, 2011 at 7:09 am

  15. The mundane is remarkable and your photographs are great. Really enjoyed stumbling upon your blog. Just subscribed and will enjoy your daily posts. Keep on keepin’ on….

    October 21, 2011 at 5:33 am

    • Thanks very much.

      I have come to realize that there is little that is truly mundane. The things we take for granted often have some intricate beauty that we miss because we see it everyday.

      October 21, 2011 at 6:45 am

  16. I’m enjoying following your daily photoblog. A quick question – I’m interested to know what camera(s) you use?

    November 5, 2011 at 3:27 am

    • Thanks for the daily check-ins.

      As for my equipment? I shoot with two different cameras: a Pentax K20D with battery grip and a 1976 Pentax K1000 (film, totally manual).

      I started working with the K1000 about seven years ago and had started a nice little collection of K Mount lenses. When I switched to digital about four years ago, I made sure to buy a Pentax, as all of the heritage lenses work beautifully with the digital bodies. As for lenses, I have a Pentax M 28mm, f2.8; a Pentax M 50mm, f1.7; a Pentax A 50mm, f1.7 (“A” designates that I can set the aperture in my camera, rather than having to be completely manual); a Pentax DA ALII 18-55mm kit lens; a Tokina 28-70mm, f3.9; and a Tokina 70-210, f3.5. I don’t have an accessory flash. I had one, but found all my photos came out strangely unnatural. I try to use available light as much as possible.

      I’ve been checking out your blog pretty regularly. What do you shoot with?

      November 5, 2011 at 9:13 am

  17. What a spiritual photo it is
    Where this place
    Thank you

    November 10, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    • It’s in the Columbia Valley of British Columbia, Canada.

      November 10, 2011 at 9:46 pm

  18. saundramcb

    I just found your blog and I will be an avid reader. Love it and love your “Who I Am”

    December 10, 2011 at 8:24 am

    • Thanks very much. I love who I am as well (heehee).

      December 10, 2011 at 8:43 am

  19. myemilyrose

    Hi!

    I liked your blog and have decided to pass this award onto you!!

    Everyone needs positive feedback :)

    See here for rules! http://myemilyrose.wordpress.com

    My

    January 3, 2012 at 3:46 am

  20. pretty cool blog :)

    February 12, 2012 at 12:52 pm

  21. I would love to follow you on Facebook (if you have a Facebook page where you post your photos, let me know)
    Also, would love to pick your brain and find out where an appropriate graffiti place is to take some portraits (a place someone can stand in the circles possibly?) Could you recommend?

    February 14, 2012 at 10:44 am

    • I just post my photos to my FB wall through WordPress’ applications.

      As for graffiti locales – I shoot most of mine in the railway underpass by Walmart in Abbotsford. It can be a bit dodgy there, but the graffiti is great and the architecture is all lines and circles. The circles are, in some cases, hard to get to because of their height, but I have some professional photographer friends who shot grad photos down there, so it must be workable.

      I will think about starting a FB photography page. Thanks for stopping by.

      February 14, 2012 at 12:08 pm

  22. Martin

    Hey, I’m from Vancouver but living in Halifax right now, some of your photos make me miss home alot. I can’t wait to be back home again. Your shots are excellent.

    Thanks a bundle,
    Martin

    February 22, 2012 at 8:10 am

    • I’ll keep them coming. Thanks for the nice words.

      February 22, 2012 at 10:04 am

  23. Hi Marc,

    I enjoy and take inspiration from your blog, so I have nominated you for the versatile blogger award!

    More info about the award and what to do next is here: http://compellingphotography.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/the-versatile-blogger-award/

    February 23, 2012 at 11:15 am

  24. I love your photo’s…….and your words of wisdom! I enjoy stopping by to see your neck of the woods!

    March 15, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    • Thanks very much. It’s a lovely neck of the woods to be from.

      March 15, 2012 at 8:06 pm

  25. Neat stuff! Your “Through” picture caught my eye because a) it was great, b) it reminded me of a pic I took just this morning, and c) it looked like the Pac Northwest where I’m from originally! Nice work. :-)

    March 24, 2012 at 10:35 am

  26. Great blog… love your photos.. :)

    July 29, 2012 at 10:58 pm

  27. So I probably just blew up your email with notifications but I’m diggin your blog and your photography! Thanks for sharing!

    August 13, 2012 at 10:58 am

    • Thanks. I blog to show others the world as I see I it, so I’m always happy to share.

      I appreciate the compliment.

      August 13, 2012 at 11:02 am

  28. you’ve said everything plus great photos, i’ll follow.

    August 13, 2012 at 8:26 pm

  29. Selamat siang Bapak Marc, sangat menyenangkan membaca blog ini :)

    October 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    • darthbergen

      Terima kasih.

      October 11, 2012 at 11:10 pm

  30. When I found your blog. I am very interested in your photos of the “Borobudur Temple”. And I became very curious, want to know about you more. I read this page and I am very happy that you live in Indonesia. Maybe next time we can share about somethings. oh yeah….. Can you speak indonesian??

    November 1, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    • Saya belajar dan bisa bicara sedikit Bahasa Indonesia.

      Thanks for the interest.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:16 am

  31. Krist

    I am interested in one of your pictures. Would you be willing to email reference this? Please say yes! :)

    November 8, 2012 at 12:08 am

    • Interested, as in what? You mean for your own display? Which one? I’m happy to share, but I’ve moved to Indonesia and may not have the full size file with me…it may be in Canada on an ehd…creating a small, but insurmountable, problem.

      November 8, 2012 at 12:13 am

      • Kristi

        well…I have written a book. I would like to epublish it so it wouldn’t be a hardcopy. It is a young adult fiction book about a girl growing up in Ashland Oregon. They vacation to Cannon Beach over the summer vacation. The picture of your daughter in front of haystack rock is perfect! Her face isn’t shown so it simply gives an idea of what this girl looks like…. In order to epub you have to have a book cover. Curious as to your thoughts. I’d be willing to say cover done by….. Kristi

        November 8, 2012 at 2:10 am

      • I’ll have to check. I’ll email you.

        November 8, 2012 at 4:36 am

  32. Kristi

    Thank you! I’d appreciate it. :)

    November 8, 2012 at 4:49 am

  33. Hey Marc, how are you? Why don’t you update your blog?
    It’s nice to hear story about Jakarta written by an expatriates.
    I really miss your pictures and story.

    March 18, 2013 at 9:27 am

    • I appreciate your kindness and appreciation. The photos should be back up now that summer holidays have started.

      June 20, 2013 at 8:46 pm

  34. Dini

    bagus sekali blognya. can’t wait for your next posts :)

    July 3, 2013 at 12:09 am

  35. SH Lee

    Hey, how r u?
    I’m SH Lee, a korean living in Brazil since my 7 years old, and I like your blog and specially this pic:

    http://rightinfrontofme.wordpress.com/2011/04/13/the-barber-redux-this-time-in-black-and-white/

    And I wanted to use it in my blog in a post about Barber Shop, it’s just nostalgic and this pic can illustrate my words perfectly!
    I hope u dont mind, cuz I blog in portugueses, but if u wanted it, cuz its your pic, I would translate it to english for u!

    Have a nice day!

    August 14, 2013 at 6:52 pm

  36. Hi there. I’m a wordpress blogger from Germany and would like to use your picture

    http://rightinfrontofme.wordpress.com/2011/03/30/oh-sure-darth-vader-can-fire-the-death-star-but-the-rest-of-us-have-to-conserve/

    on top of a bicycle post about helmets on jugendstilbikes.de. I just like the funny irony about the picture and it just looks great.

    March 10, 2014 at 3:28 am

    • Sure. Just make sure that I get an attribution and link the photo back to my blog.

      Thanks.

      March 12, 2014 at 12:37 pm

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