A glimpse at Mark Fox
Ryan Summerlin November 24, 2011
In Mark Fox’s case, a picture truly does tell a thousand words, and his 152-page coffee table book tells entire stories of various livestyles in the mountains. Photography is his medium, his art, his way of communicating his deepest appreciation of nature. So, talking him into an interview takes more than a few days, and more than a few beers, because as he points out: “This book is about the people in the community I photograph, not me.” He prefers his pictures speak for themselves, but every so often us inquisitive reporters feel the need to peek into our subjects’ lives, so here’s our “quick” (we promised him) Q&A – a glimpse through the lens of Fox:Grew up: Small farm town in North DakotaMoved to Summit County: In September 1989 after visiting the state in the 1970s and being drawn by the people and the scenery (and a job at the Summit Daily News).Still love about Summit County: The community – close-knit and friendly. “Everybody’s here for that very reason – it’s laid back, beautiful country,” he says.Drawn to become a photojournalist because: “I knew early on law school was out of the question for me,” he says, jokingly, “and I wasn’t good at numbers so that ruled out accounting.” He says he also knew he couldn’t be a landscaper or bartender forever, but, speaking candidly, he chose his path simply because it allows the opportunity photography gives Fox to meet great people and shoot amazing sights and events.What makes a great photo: Capturing “spontaneity, emotion and activity – the sea of life,” he says.Favorite photos: Girl on sled, old man with puppy, cowboy in doorway.Guiding principle of the book: A journalistic look at people, places and things.Process: Started October, 2010, inspired after watching people’s smiles as they walked through his strings of photos hung at the Silverthorne Pavilion in October, 2009.Advice to novice photographers and to people when times get rough: “Stick to it and follow your dreams and passions.” Some days are “bad” photography days, but the next day, “you may go out and get a really cool shot and capture the moment and get the appreciation of the community.”And that’s how he collected several thousands of printed and digital images, which took a year to condense into what he’s held in the back of his mind since photography school: a book – a defining moment and crowning achievement.