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 the 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 can be loud and in-your-face. These may stay with you for some time. Other pictures may speak more softly and have a more subtle message. As such, I sincerely hope that you take a moment to look at these images here and may strike up a conversation.
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: Gallery content changes with some frequency. New galleries are added and older ones are re-edited to offer the most current images. Stay tuned.
"PORTFOLO 1A" 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.
"LANDSCAPES" Fleeting moments in time defined by changing light and points-of-view. Landscapes are one of the most popular subject matters and are also among the most dificult to capture. TIme of day, time of year, type of lightc, viewpoint, and so on are among the many, many factors that arde e e , Just about anything could be considered ephemeral, although I have elected to keep these images around for the time being.
"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. These images are a mix of different themes in order to take advantage of Folsom's many different dimensions.
"VINEYARDS" The Sierra Nevada foothills in Amador and El Dorado counties are among the finest wine-producing regions in the country. The rolling land of Amador County's Shenandoah Valley provies the perfect location for a variety of grapes. The scene is always changing; from the stark, raw vines of the winter, to the lush green of Summer and spectacular Fall colors. The entire process of winemakinng lends itself to images and I'm always ready to add morre.
"BLACK & WHITE" In other words, all color has been removed and replaced with a pallette of grey-tones only. I love this medium. Foregoing the comfort of color to define an image, black & white images cut closest to revealing the pure form and texture of a subject. Black & white images attracted me first to photography and remain one of my favorite styles.
"SAN FRANCISCO" One of California's all-time favorite cities, San Francisco - and the commuities of the Bay area - offer an incredible diversity of subjects; bridges, buildings, neighborhoods and so on.
LICENSING: Most all of the images in my extensive catalog 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 - 2018 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.