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About Mark Cassino
Mark Cassino is a fine art and natural history photographer based out of Kalamazoo, Michigan. His work primarily concentrates on Midwestern landscapes; close-ups of snow crystals, botanicals and other subjects; and abstract photography.
Mark uses a variety of techniques to create his unique images. He works with the latest digital technology, but remains an active film photographer. He utilizes medium format film cameras and toy, junk, and antique devices. His creative techniques include extreme close up photography, focus stacking, digital and film based infrared photography,, alternative black and while film development, and digital enhancement.
Mark is the author of The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder, which features his photographs of individual snow crystals. This award winning book was published by Chronicle Books in 2009 and is a popular text in K-12 classrooms as well as school libraries. The Story of Snow has been translated into 4 languages and a paperback edition published in the fall of 2017.
“Photography is a tool for seeing, interpreting and understanding the world 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, dramatic or unusual, but rather seek to explore everyday items, present but often overlooked: the single snow crystal that lands on the windshield, a weed, a brambly Midwestern landscape, or random shadows cast upon the wall. Awaking senses, deepening awareness and expanding consciousness are the goals of my photography.”