Fish: Hi, Mark! Could you introduce yourself in a few words?

Mark: So I’m from London but grew up most of my life in Bristol where people talk like pirates. I moved to Australia for six years where I established myself as a Photographer. I’m now back in London, working as the lead Photographer for The Plum Guide during the week and shooting freelance for a variety of clients in my spare time.

F: How did you step into photography?

M: So I landed an ancient Zenit 35mm film camera around fifteen years ago. The thing was built like a tank and the feeling of shooting with it and the results of my first rolls of film intrigued me, albeit mostly throw away frames, but the images that came out I still treasure to this day and they were enough to get me hooked on capturing moments and my environment.

F: Who inspires you the most?

M: Within my photography? I love the work of Lisa Sorgini, Darren Mcdonald, Nirav Patel and Tina Klein to name a few. I have a list as long as my arm but these are some stand outs. 

F: Why did you choose shooting interiors, mainly?

M: I really just fell into it. I was shooting casually after moving to Australia and not taking anything very seriously. I then got asked to shoot for a few architects, after that a few people saw my work and before I knew it I was shooting interiors fulltime for various clients. I have always been a lover of my environment and hold a strong interest in design so it all goes hand in hand really.

F: Do you have any art projects that you want to accomplish soon?

M: Everything has been put on the back foot at the moment. I left Australia after six years there, had a brief six month stint in Canada and Spain, and now I’m back in London. Life has taken a slight priority but now I’m feeling more settled and excited to connect and create with people back here. I would really love to host an exhibition soon with a body of work surrounding indoor gardens, starting with Kew and the Barbican here in London. Also my best bud Nathan Haynes is an insanely talented videographer based currently in Toronto, we have always spoken of creating an international exhibition together crossing the formats, and something we will be approaching soon.I hope!

F: What was your favourite collaboration during your work?

M: I think with Mane & Tales. Elise is an incredible talented hair stylist and a good friend. She was based in Sydney but now has traded scissors for a life on her family's farm. We shot in the most incredible home built by an architect obsessed with the Japanese ‘way of life’. The home is made of timber, glass and iron and one of the most magical places I've set foot inside, with an abundance of filtered light and warm tones from the timber.

F: If not photography, then?

M: Travel, new connections with place and people.

F: What is the notion of home for you?

M: Home to me can be a person just as much as a place. But as a space, somewhere to reside to. Full of items that bring joy or comfort. Books, dusty rugs or the smell of Palo Santo.

Light is important tho, I could never live somewhere with little natural light. I learnt to live with it in abundance in Australia so the transition back to grey England is becoming one that is testing me.

F: Which country would you choose to live there forever?

M: Spain. My father has been there for seven years now and I am lucky enough to visit fairly often. The slow life, climate, food, quality of light and the ocean. Plus some incredible cities.

I do like the idea of Switzerland, or anywhere by a lake would be ideal.

F: How would you describe England, by the way?

M: Being away for so long has given me a bit of a unique perspective I suppose. It’s definitely home for me, but there’s a lot of uncertainty right now with the general public and the fact we might be leaving Europe soon. Which is bloody terrible. But that aside, it’s got a ton to offer: history, nature, and a large mix of cultures which is pretty evident in a lot of major cities here.

Oh, and lots of tea.