Thursday, December 4, 2014

2014 - A Year of Change.
Deb and I decided to relocate from Hailey to Coeur d'Alene, which we did in June and July. We found, bought and moved into a 114 year-old house in the downtown Garden district, 7 blocks from the Lake. Whew!
Since January, I've been working with Jack Lucido to make "Wish You Were Here - The Robert C. Bishop Story." This documentary film is about Robert ("Bob" Bishop, a 93 year-old photographer who took 1000s of photographs of the Colorado landscape and Four Corners area from the early 1950s until his retirement about 2005.  

Maroon Bells and Maroon Creek © Robert C. Bishop





Grand Mesa, fall colors
© Robert C. Bishop
Jack and I are presently finishing the film, which we hope to release in January or February 2015, and attempting to fund the hard costs through crowd sourcing on Indiegogo. Check us out!

Monday, November 11, 2013


Another interesting year.....punctuated by a 110,000 acre fire around us in mid-August. We got evacuated and, although the fire came within 1/4 mile, 1500 fire fighters did AWESOME work and kept us - and all the Valley - safe. During the evacuation, we threw three cats and the dog into the Sprinter and drove West to a friends' ranch for a few days.



Anton Chekhov (top) and Ava Gardner were just a year old, our two most recent additions to the menagerie.
We knew about a wedding of some friends in mid-September - both families are dear friends. AH, a BREAK! So, we drove down for it....in Boulder, at the height of the floods! FIRE & FLOOD!
October brought a 12 day trip to Oregon, when True North added 2 more states (Oregon & California) to where he has traveled. (He has been in the Pacific - now comes the Atlantic!).

Sunday, December 16, 2012

What a weird year, weather-wise. WAAAY too many fires out West all summer - at one point, we had forty in Idaho alone, and Deb and I were breathing smoke for two weeks in the haze.
But now, the snow has finally started to fall in a serious way. It is still slim here in town (Hailey, southern end of the Wood River Valley), but there is 4 feet on Baldy (Sun Valley) and over 5 feet at Galena Lodge (23 miles north - superb groomed cross-county trails and snowshoe routes - and food).

For your viusal entertainment: Year 4, our annual visitor.


Friday, August 17, 2012

Moving around the West while it is burning

Deb and I got back from a glorious trip to Arkansas - good friends, people who we care about - beautiful country. Hell of a drive from here. Now, everything is burning up around us.

We dodged fires across the West, and came back through an area of Colorado that was smouldering across the ridge.

We got ourselves a 12 state dog now, in True North.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

In Search of Robert Frank


Mashall and Bonnie and I - collaborating on this new postcard website  - were "raised" on "art-education-discover-the fringes for yourself" Robert Franks's photographs in the 50s, 60s and 70s.

He published a book mid 90s titled: Titled "Thank You."

We'd like to loop him into this project, if he would be most gracious to share some cards on the site, as it is in the spirit of flipping a running super-8 camera up into the air from the backseat of a convertible, or taping polaroids together.

Artists sending postcards to artists (much more time-consuming and fun than tweeting) prior to the age of cellphones and phone machines.
Look for - ArtGoesPostal .com

(Three of my self-portraits, made into postcards.....the last: with Arnold Newman in his NYC livingroom. You'll have to go to the website to get more information about the others...)


Robert, are you listening?

Thanks - Mark

Monday, April 16, 2012

A New Direction

Marshall and I went to Alaska together in 2010. The vehicle that we traveled in (Marshall's Sprinter) was so enjoyable that I bought one in late summer 2011, and have begun to make frequent trips around the west.
Right now, Marshall and Bonnie are in Marfa, Texas (on Facebook, check out "A Month in Marfa.")
Next month, we're going to begin and post a website of postcards between artists, dating back to the early 1970s.
I'm probably going to launch a new blog in the next couple of months.....travels around the west, and my work on the archives of photographers L.H. ("Ben") Benschneider, and Robert C. Bishop. Stay tuned.