Hello readers! Today is Flashback Friday and I wanted to take a second to reflect on my personal photo and design brand Mark Pariani - Productions. It all started in high school when I first discovered an interest in photography and design. At that time I grabbed any camera I could get my hands on and constantly took images while out with friends, on family trips, or even just around my neighborhood. I never did it as a means to any end, I just wanted to have fun and document what was happening around me. As technology advanced I was able to pick up better cameras and I continued to always shoot anywhere I went. There were only a few times early on where I decided to try my hand at freelance and commission work. One of those early attempts was something I called "HouseBook." It started with my family wanting to document the current conditions of our house and it's contents for insurance purposes, so I photographed the entire house inside and out. It was my first venture into creating a real product and I ended up selling a few to friends and neighbors. I greatly enjoyed the process and I learned a lot, but I still enjoyed shooting for myself more. Thankfully I kept at it and even studied photography and design in college. I still to this day mainly shoot only for myself because that's how much I enjoy it, but I also love sharing my work with other people as well as helping them document their own special events. That's why I started Mark Pariani - Productions to share my work and put my name out there in case anyone needs a photographer. So, you might be saying to yourself "Mark, this is all just a shameless plug." And you would be right! Haha - But even so I hope you now have a better understanding of why I love photography so much and how that translates into what I shoot and how I shoot. If are interested in seeing more of my work you can check me out on all of my social media outlets! - Facebook - Twitter - Tumblr - Behance - Instagram - and never forget to Keep it REAL!
Friday, July 18, 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014
As a photographer I am always trying to stay current with technology and make sure I have all the up-to-date tech I need. As you can imagine that is very hard today with how fast technology is advancing and how constantly it is changing. Cameras are no exception. The envelop is constantly being pushed and new cameras come out every year. Luckily the job of testing and ranking new camera tech is often done for you as it is with this handy chart that I recently found in The Wall Street Journal. If you are looking to buy a new camera or wanting to get into photography for the first time then you should take a look at this chart and consider some really good current options. Feel free to ask questions too in the comments. Keep it REAL!
Thursday, June 12, 2014
My grandmother Betty "Baba" Painter always loved to help things grow. She loved tending to her garden, raising her three daughters, and caring for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She grew several different plants in her garden, and some of my fondest memories growing up are from times spent in her backyard watching her care for her plants, making sure that not a single leaf was being neglected. And that was how she lived her life, making sure that no one was neglected. You always felt welcome in her Decatur home that she built with my grandfather and had lived in since 1951. My Mom and her two sisters grew up in that house and it was always there when they needed to come home for a visit. This weekend in Atlanta, my family and I will be celebrating her outstandingly full life of 88 years. You will be missed Baba, but never forgotten. All of my love. 1926-2014. (Photo 2012 by my Aunt Sally Painter.)
Saturday, May 31, 2014
The latest Music centric issue of Void Magazine just hit the stands. It features a lot of great articles about some local Jacksonville bands and the music scene in general. It even has a a short write-up on my friend's band Civil Brute with an accompanying photo taken by yours truly. Don't miss this issue, be sure to grab your copy today. It's FREE so what's stopping you? But, as always, Keep it REAL!
The May/June issue of Arbus Magazine is still on the stands and it features a full page ad I designed for my office, ELM. The theme of this issue is Art + Architecture and it covers many local artists, architects, art events, architecture firms, and current building projects. If you live in North Florida be sure to pick up a copy at pretty much any local business in the downtown area of Jacksonville. It's FREE! In the mean time - Keep it REAL!
Friday, May 30, 2014
So, for this Flashback Friday we are not going all that far back. Just a couple of years if that. This past week I had the wonderful surprise of finding the two above comic books at my local comics shop, and what do ya know my good friend and college roommate Phil Jacobson was the illustrator on the featured side story "Jelly Wars." Phil lives out in California now, but he drew this comic back when he still lived in Savannah so it had been in the works for a little while before it reached the store racks. But it's finally here and you can read it! Go get yours today - Adventure Time #27 & 28 by KaBOOM! Studios. Be sure to Keep it REAL! P.S. Phil hid himself in the comic as a doughnut because, why not!
Friday, April 18, 2014
I would like to invite you back to a more innocent time. The year was 1999. It was a time before cell phones and keurig coffee makers. It was a time when the internet was still in it's infancy and none of us had yet heard of facebook. It was a time of writing letters and using stamps and dare I say playing outside! It was a time of poetry! I was in 4th grade and my class at M.K. Rawlings Elementary was participating in a young authors' program. We were tasked with writing poems on various subjects throughout the year, which were eventually published in a small booklet that was even sold for a few years at the local Books-a-Million. Two of my poems were selected to be included under the section "Just Being Kids." One was about the pool we were building in our backyard and the other was about Legos. I actually read these two poems recently at a spoken word event at the Northstar Pizza Bar downtown. I thought it would be fun to do a throwback reading much like how I do Flashback Fridays. The result (which you can view on my sister's instagram) was quite hilarious, and I must say very entertaining. The only thing that was missing were some beatniks in the corner with berets and long cigarette holders snapping their fingers. If you would like to read these poems too, please see below!
The Hole in the Ground
The workers came with a backhoe
and dug a big hole in the ground.
The backhoe made a lot of noise
like a train going round and round.
The hole was so big and deep
that inside you could fit an ocean of seals.
I crawled to the edge and took a peak
they'd begun to build a cage of steel.
Dirt from the hole piled high as the sky.
I tried to climb to the top to eat my pie.
Mud oozed out of the dirt mountain as I hosed it down.
It looked like the mudslide would cover the whole town.
I hope the men come back to finish their work soon.
So I can enjoy the finished project while I listen to my tunes.
In my backyard we are building a swimming pool.
I can't wait 'till it's finished - it will be so cool!
Staying up late at night
Building and building with all my might
Preparing the fort for an endless fight
When morning comes and it is light.
There are a lot of ships in my fort
The aircraft carrier comes and docks at the port
My timeship has wings for extra support
Small ships are ready in case of abort.
The pilots talk as in their ships they sit
While I look for the right piece to fit
It's getting late and is almost time to quit
But I'll finish the project in a little bit.
Hope you enjoyed that little lyrical time capsule for Flashback Friday. Check the group photo below of my whole 4th grade class including some of the 8th grade class that helped edit our poems for publishing. See if you can spot me! Keep it REAL!