Mark Boyd Traveller, Photographer & Writer.
Born in 1975 on the Isle of Man, a tiny 'rock' located in the middle of the Irish Sea 15 miles South West of the Southern most point of Scotland, 30 miles East of Ireland, 30 miles West of England's Lake District and about 40 miles North of Holyhead in Wales. In the middle of everywhere, in the middle of nowhere.
I got married in the September of 2007. August 2013 breast cancer claimed my wife. I pondered life for six months then decided to travel.
Now each and every year as the leaves on the trees take on their Autumn hues I disappear with my camera gear and whatever else is necessary for the country or type of adventure I have planned. My reason for travelling is to experience the culture within the countries I visit. I therefore I find myself travelling on local buses, boats or indeed hitch hiking. If I'm in the wilderness I camp. If I'm near villages, towns or cities I will find homestays or dormitories. This approach takes away from the 'easy life' we have become accustomed to in our home countries. During these weeks or months I search for interesting projects and small commissions to help develop local trades. More often than not I choose a charitable rate, usually in exchange for bed and board and the experience of spending time with the people from the area.
The end of winter and the beginning of spring sees my return migration to European or British shores. Work begins in earnest.
Two images captured whilst travelling through Myanmar were shortlisted from over 18,000 entries in Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2017 competition, Spirit of Travel section. One of these images has also been selected for inclusion in the Outdoor Photographer of The Year 2017 hardback edition.
During 2014 I was lucky enough to have portfolio of four images captured whilst cycling through Alaska shortlisted in International Travel Photographer of the Year 2014.
During 2015 an image of two poppies in golden wheat field was a finalist in the 'Breathing Spaces' category of International Garden Photographer of the Year.
Land and Seascape Photography: Here we find my true passion. The curves of the land, the meandering of a river the vastness of the sky, the power of the sea.... Here I am at one. My mind becomes totally present. I am absorbed within my surroundings. This of course tends to be a solitary pursuit and provides time to ones self. Time to sit and meditate whilst waiting patiently for the surrounding light to appear or fade into the deep pastel shades of night. A time to gather ones thoughts and be at peace.
Wedding Photography: Known as 'The Big Day', which can also be said for the photographer on the day. There's no room for equipment failures or mistakes. Spare batteries, memory cards, two camera bodies and three lenses provide me with the necessary 'love capturing' equipment. There's no other day like it. brimming with nerves, trepidation, excitement and love. My reportage style ensures that I do not become the main focus of the day, which I have seen at other weddings I have attended as a guest. The wedding party are organised for the family shoots, but other than that I will move gently around the periphery, capturing candid and intimate moments. Not being seen or noticed allows me to capture the essence of true love through my lens.
What's involved in a full day shoot? A pre-visit to the venues, 12 hours plus on the big day, straight home to back up the files, twice! Belt and braces! Then two to three days of processing and editing. My aim is to have the full portfolio back to the client within 5 working days.
Property Photography: Guest Houses, Bed & Breakfasts and Hotels all require high end images showcasing what is on offer. From bedrooms and bathrooms to bars and restaurants. Through good composition and the use of professional wide angle lenses my clients are ensured bright, crisp shots of interiors and exteriors.
Where? Everywhere! I've shot properties in South America, India, South East Asia, Iceland, Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man and that's just a few.
Commercial Photography: Promotional images for various brands from clothing and jewellry retailers to restaurants.
My most recent projects have been with the Asian food giant Wagamama.
Photographic Brochures & Articles: During 2012 I was commissioned to provide landscape and angling related images for an Isle of Man tourism brochure by the Isle of Man Government. Since then I have been commissioned by the Isle Of Man Government to provide a variety images to showcase everything the Isle of Man has to offer from mountain biking and hiking to it's rich history and heritage.
Further work relating to the Isle of Man Government includes the use of two landscape pieces from my 2013 collection to advertise a photography contest relating to the Isle of Man's bid for protection under UNESCO's Biosphere Status in the Biosphere Vannin Project. My Isle of Man Government projects have continued in to 2015 and 2016.
Asia: Himalayas Magazine Nepal for a piece on the Annapurna circuit, Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge in the West Bardia Park in Nepal to promote their wildlife safaris and accommodation. I was commissioned by Kaiya Guesthouse in Kerala, Number 1 on Tripadvisor in the area, to produce a new portfolio of images for their website.
United States: I was commissioned by the Alaska Marine Highway to produce images to promote ferry travel around Alaska. I also carried out photography work for 'SilverFin Fishing Guides' and 'Fish On Fishing Guides' whilst in Homer, Alaska.
My images and writing has been published and featured in the following publications and eZines:
- Himalayas Magazine (Nepal)
- Manx Tails (Isle of Man)
- Manx Life (Isle of Man)
- Angling Times (UK)
- Carp & Coarse Magazine (UK)
- Blinker (Germany)
- Improve Your Coarse Fishing (UK)
- www.Scale-Magazine.com (Europe)
- Sidetracked Magazine (UK)
- LandScape Magazine (UK)