Mark Allen Johnson, a man who wears many hats in the creative field; an active still photographer, producer, and director of photography are just a few of them. He was kind enough to take a few minutes to answer a few questions I had for him.
@pixfeedla : That being said, was there any specific project you were working on
where you were uncomfortable getting your story?
@MarkAllenJohn:I am so busy…. I am headed overseas for 3 weeks where I am working a story on illegal animal poaching. I was never one of these guys that wanted to change the world with a photo… Photography is/was purely a selfish thing for me. An excuse 2 be anywhere and everywhere. I just was lucky enough to squeeze a living out of it.
I basically have hired a 4x4 and will travel to some of the most remote regions in search of cooperating criminals. That’s my life in a nut shell.
@pixfeedla : When you travel what are your photographic staples that you carry with you.
@MarkAllenJohn: Equipment… I’m not an equipment snob or photo geek who wants to discuss lens clarity or film vs digital bullshit. It all starts with composition. You can be a photographer and swing your expensive camera and lens at everything…. But unless you have the knack for composition well…?
Now days I shoot less and less… I use the skills I learned in producing stories and projects to move away from the still camera and have got closer to video and hopefully to a point where I use no type of camera at all. I am more and more moving to a role of a producer and that to me is freedom! I Able to access those moments that took a camera to enter before… Gain cooperation and let other people capture the images. Am I still taking mental images? Yeah of course every moment of the day till I take my last breath…. But now these images are memories burnt into the darkroom of my mind and they are private and precious.
@pixfeedla : If you could shoot anything this year what would it be?
@MarkAllenJohn: If I was to shoot anything this year… Anything at all? Hmmmmmmm it would probably be an advertising gig I guess. My imagination has been running marathons lately and I feel an advertising job is just the exercise it needs.
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