Mark Atkins - Lennox Head Photographer and Digital Content Creator
I've had a love for photography for as long as I can remember. Memories as a teenage boy sitting on my board in the surf thinking of all the amazing surf photos I was going to take as a professional surf photographer. Travelling to far-flung places, meeting interesting people and surfing all over the world. It didn't quite work out that way, and the journey to here has been interesting, to say the least.
I can remember when I was about 7, my mother who was a Wedding Photographer, handed me an old Kodak Brownie and two rolls of film. In the space of a few hours, I was looking for more film. I loved it, it was a simple camera, point it in the general direction and look through a viewfinder on the side or top of the box and push a button. The original point and shoot!
Step forward a few years, at age 19, I purchased my first Pentax film SLR (single-lens reflex) camera and a couple of lenses. Packed my bags and headed overseas with my then-girlfriend, now wife Peta to see and photograph more of the world. I returned from a couple of months overseas with wads of photos plus a bag full of undeveloped film.
During my mid twenty’s I was deeply entrenched in the corporate world of Banking and Finance. I was pretty driven and was a Personal Banking Manager by age 25. My photography was simply a hobby to indulge in when time permitted, usually when on holidays.
I immersed my self in Photography again after taking what was to be a short six month hiatus from the corporate world to travel around Australia with my wife and our two children in my early thirties. Leaving Perth in early 2003, we spent nine months on the road exploring various seaside villages and towns and documenting the trip on a Film SLR’s and ‘Point and Shoot’ digital cameras, to share with friends and family.
Captivated by the natural beauty of our wide brown land, with its sun-drenched green edges, surrounded by glistening seas, my passion for photography was reigned. My environmental consciousness was awakening. I was getting up early every day to capture sunrises and scouting out locations to make stunning imagery to share with others. I was surfing again, playing with my children at the beach every day, life couldn't have been more different to how I was living only months earlier.
Half-way around Australia, My wife and I fell in love with the North Coast of NSW and decided to settle in Byron Bay. We had gone past and spent a week on the Gold coast with family from Perth, before coming back. Within months we had rented a house in Cooper Shoot and moved out of our home on wheels.
It was at this point I decided to dive in and buy my first Digital SLR camera some prime lenses and shortly thereafter pursue a career as a Professional Photographer.
In the time since starting my photography business in 2004, My work has been published in books and magazines as well as winning awards. Including twice being named as a Semi-Finalist in the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize. My photography work has taken me to far-flung corners of the globe and allowed me to meet some amazing people and make spectacular images. I’m forever grateful for the opportunities provided to me working as a photographer, I think I’ve got one of the best jobs in the world.
Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize
Semi Finalist 2008 & 2011
My approach to my photography is professional yet casual, aiming to produce exceptional results that capture the imagination and invoke a deep emotional response in the viewer. I want to take them on a journey, lift their spirits and let them disappear into their imagination for a minute or two.