Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Mark McInnis started shooting photos in high school with an aging Canon AE-1. Before long, he was combining his passion for photography with his love for surfing the forested shores of his home state. Though the Northwest is a challenging place to work as an ocean and outdoor life photographer—cold water, constant storms and many long hours on the road—he was soon capturing images that spoke to the area’s unique culture and unspoiled natural beauty.
“I enjoy shooting in my backyard,” he says, “but I try to be as respectful as possible with not naming locations. And I hope to keep it that way. I want to show, but not tell; entice, but not invite; inspire, but not beckon. Traveling in search of open ocean shelfs, mysterious reefs and sandbars off the beaten path—this is the life I long for.”
From empty A-frames breaking on abandoned beaches to progressive and exploratory professional surfing, Mark’s work gives a glimpse into a simpler life dedicated to a rough but rewarding sea.
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