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About Mark Cassino:
Mark Cassino is a fine art and natural history photographer based out of Kalamazoo, Michigan. His work runs the gamut from micro-photographs of individual snow crystals, to close ups of butterflies and birds, to landscapes and cityscapes.
Mark uses a variety of techniques to create his unique images. He works with the latest digital technology, but also utilizes medium format film cameras and toy, junk, and antique devices. His creative techniques include extreme close up photography, digital and film based infrared photography, alternative B&W processing techniques, and digital enhancement.
Mark is the author of The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder, which features several of his photographs of individual snow crystals. This award wining book was published by Chronicle Books in 2009. It is currently in its 5th printing and has been translated into 3 languages.
“Photography is a tool for seeing, interpreting and understanding the work around us. It helps us understand the world in both an observational, scientific way; and also helps expose the meaning and spirit contained in the most commonplace items or locations. I do not seek out subjects that are exotic or unusual, but rather seek to explore everyday items, present but often overlooked: the single snow crystal that lands on the windshield, a common insect, a city viewed form a hotel room, or a twig resting in dry leaves. Awaking senses, deepening awareness and expanding consciousness are the goals of my photography.”