Mark I. Chamberlain : Travel and Landscape Photographer
Hello, welcome to my web- and blog-site.
I have spent over twenty five years living a nomadic life across Southeast Asia and Australasia working for oil and gas companies whilst also dedicating time to photography projects. I am an exploration geologist by background and after gaining a PhD in Earth Sciences in the UK found myself unexpectedly dropped by helicopter into the rugged mountains and rainforests of eastern Sulawesi in Indonesia on my first company assignment. I never really returned home after this initial culture shock and I have subsequently lived and worked in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand together with other global travels.
Cameras have always accompanied me on my travels, beginning with manual film cameras (Nikon FM2 and Leica M6), eventually transitioning to digital and now shooting on full-frame high resolution DSLR’s and mirrorless cameras. Post-processing digital workflows in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop are a necessary and essential part of all my photographic projects.
A natural curiosity of beautiful landscapes, the environment and working and living with people and cultures of Southeast Asia is the catalyst and motivation for my continued growth in photography. Because of this current and historical geographic association, there is naturally a strong South Asia bias to my travel and reportage photography projects. The objective is to tell human stories from transient cultures, religions and lifestyles in this ever-changing and dynamic region of the world. In contrast, my landscape images are more globally diverse detailing the natural environment, utilising changing natural light conditions whilst maintaining a strong sense of place within the photographs.
I have gained honours with the Photographic Society of New Zealand (PSNZ) plus awards in Australia, but I consider these only as personal benchmarks in a continuous growth and development in travel photography and writing. I am ably assisted by my artistic wife, Kanchana (Took), who is a teacher and photographer originally from southern Thailand.