Mark Benson Reeder, a native of South Jordan, Utah, is a completely self taught landscape photographer. Mark started his photographic development using a medium format panoramic 120/220 slide film camera while living in Alaska and traveling to locations around the world. Mark is grateful to have had his foundation in a slow, composition oriented medium. From the beginning, Mark found a love of shooting nature in the wide-angle panoramic medium format. This can only be explained in that this is the way we view nature with our own eyes; unlimited, unrestrained, and unmatched in detail. There is something truly magical about the 1:3 ratio that draws us into a distant scene, without our eyes needing to scan from side to side. In the creation of his photographs, Mark also strives to bring in atmospheric lighting and weather elements that, in nature, only exist for a brief moment, but greatly enhance what you see. He is always watching the weather and lighting conditions to set up for just one small click of the camera. Many of his photographs were the result of well-intentioned outings and multiple attempts at the same shot, while very few of the photographs were from being in the right place at the right time -although he will be the first to admit that every once in a while, he’ll take the good luck when it comes. Most recently, Mark has used digital medium format cameras for his work. This resolution allows him to reproduce unmatched detail in large prints using only the finest materials and printing processes available. Having sold fine art photographs over eight feet wide, Mark believes nothing is more satisfying than to capture the majestic outdoors, reproduce it on a large scale and enhance our homes and workplaces. Mark is a 2005 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and is a combat veteran with over 40 aerial combat missions in Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and New Dawn. He currently resides in the Lakelands neighborhood of Gaithersburg, Maryland with his wife, their 3 children and a little pup.
Mark @ Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington