As I can’t draw worth a damn, I’m eternally grateful to Louis Daguerre, Matthew Brady, George Eastman and all of the rest of the creative geniuses who dreamed up photography, and everyone who continue to push its boundaries.
I first became aware of the impact of photography after my parents took me to see the Museum of Modern Art's timeless "Family of Man" exhibit at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. I was then - and remain - completely astounded by the technology that allow's the capture and reproduction of a fleeting "snapshot" of real life on a piece of paper or in an electronic file. Simply amazing when you think about it. Discrete images exist all around us, but they are ephemeral and only rarely worth a second look. However, when one captures my eye and imagination, I use my camera to pry it out of the background and polish it up to look at again.
With respect to the creative dimension of photography, this issue has been addressed more eloquently and with greater precision by many, many other people. From my perspective, I believe that an image - any image - either speaks to you to some extent or it doesn't. Some images are For some, they may jump right these, you may have to listen a bit harder to get the message clearly. Conversely, the language of other images can be loud and in-your-face. and may resonate for some time. With this understanding, I sincerely hope that you take a moment to develop a dialogue with some of mine.
As for what drives my inner "creative process" and selection of subjects, to paraphrase the legendary Ansel Adams, it consists primarily of knowing when and where to stand. I don't intend to be overly-simplistic about this, but, like everyone who has stopped at least once and admired a sunset, flower, or anything else…and taken a picture, we all share essentially the same motivation. I have just taken the time to learn techniques to adapt these images to suit my aesthetic preferences.
Although the images reflect just a passing moment in time, I hope that you stick around long enough to enjoy them at your leisure. If you are looking for a particular type of image or theme, let me know. I have an extensive catalog of images covering a wide-array of themes. Please contact me and let me know what you are interested in.
GALLERIES: Although the gallery names may seem somewhat obscure, allow me to define them - although I have the right to re-define them anytime I want. They are just broad categories and are intended broad themes.
"Working the land" California's heartland remains overwhelmingly agricultural and remains the "breadbasket" of the nation. The success of this enterprise is a result of the wisdom and ingenuity of California farmers and ranchers to manage both crop selection and water use. The results of these efforts often have a surprising result when seen from an "elevated" perspective. During the state's drought years, this marriage of from and function becomes even more of a matter of admiration.
"Ephemera" Images that tend to be somewhat abstract or subject to interpretation. Very fleeting moments in time defined by changing light and points-of-view. Just about anything could be considered ephemeral, although I have elected to keep these images around for the time being.
"Rodeo" Rodeo is an an exiting, surprising and often highly-charged sport. The age-old contest between humans and animals is sharply defined and provides the basis of all rodeo events. A long -standing tradition in Folsom, the annual Folsom Pro Rodeo attracts participants and fans from all over California. Nothing comes close to experiencing rodeo first-hand, but these images may help give you the sense of excitement and energy that fills the rodeo arena.
"Black & White" These images are printed in, well, black & white. I love this medium. Foregoing the comfort of color to define an image, black & white images cut closer to unravelling the purer from and texture of its subjects. Certainly, black & white images attracted me first to photography as an art form and remain one of my passions.
"Folsom" "Folsom is a spectacular little city and this and subsequent volumes aim at showing it off...first for the benefit of its citizens and then to everyone else. The images will be a mix of different themes so as to take advantage of Folsom's many different dimensions..
LICENSING: Most all of the images in my extensive catalog of themes are available for licensing and download to use in advertising, graphics, editorial or most any other applications. Please contact let me know what types of images you are looking for and I'll forward a link to you for your review.
PLEASE NOTE: All images are copyright Mark Cohen 1976 - 2015 and all rights are reserved. No images or elements of images may be used or adapted for use in any manner, in or on any media or format for any reason without Mark's prior written permission. Copyright infringement is a violation of federal and international copyright law. You know this, I'm sure, but I think it's important to restate it one more time for emphasis.