We had the good fortune of connecting with Mark Neal and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Mark, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk is exactly what got me started in photography. After college I had no job opportunities worth mentioning and was running out of options. Then it was suggested to me to do something completely different – go live abroad for a bit. So I did. I lived in Madrid for two years and fell in love with photography initially due to people asking for more photos of my travels. Later this love was intensified when a good friend of me lent me my first film camera – a Minolta XG-1. Without the first domino falling of moving abroad I never would have found this passion.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Im excited about how much I’ve been able to dive into the 35mm format and look forward to experimenting with medium format soon.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oceanside has changed a lot in the past decade but I would say it’s more beautiful than ever. I would say start with one of the many wonderful coffee shops in South Oceanside like Revolution Roasters, get tacos at Primos, walk the pier, and then finish the day at the Mission Pacific rooftop bar and watch the sunset over the Oceanside Pier.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Clint, a great child hood friend of mine was the one who lent me his Minolta and that changed fundamentally how I understood photography. There is no better way to learn photography other than through film. It forces you to understand the basics of photography such as the exposure triangle

Website: https://marknealphoto.darkroom.tech/

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