Photographer’s big following
A belief in quality over quantity
With only 353 photos posted to his Instagram, it’s hard to believe travel and lifestyle photographer Mark Clinton has more than 133,000 followers.
Clinton has a strong belief in quality over quantity.
Many of the photos on his account feature New Zealand after he came to the country to chase ‘‘cold water surf’’.
Clinton, who grew up around sand and waves of the Northern Beaches in Sydney, saw snow for the first time in Queenstown in 2013, and while taking photos in cold water surf it started snowing at the beach.
‘‘For me that was just amazing. It was so surreal.’’
Clinton is returning to the resort to talk about his experience at the Queenstown Winter Festival Pecha Kucha night.
His topic will be ‘‘My New Found Love for Winter’’.
His Instagram account was filled with photos of the ocean, mountains and sunsets, and he only ever posted his best work.
He said he was lucky to be noticed in the ‘‘oversaturated market’’ of photography.
‘‘The general public took an eye to that and of lot of people started sharing.’’
One of his most famous photographs taken in Queenstown was of Billy Morgan, one of the world’s best snowboarders.
He spent time with the Legs of Steel crew, featuring some of the world’s top freeskiers, and has worked with Tourism New Zealand on a road trip campaign.
Other speakers at the Pecha Kucha night will include Joseph Michael, an explorer and photographer; and Ben Dare, a recipient of Top Civilian Bravery medal by the New Zealand Royal Humane Society for his rescue of fellow climber Scott Scheele at 6500 metres in the Himalayas.
Sydney-based travel and lifestyle photographer Mark Clinton’s photo taken in Arrowtown.
What: Queenstown Winter Festival Pecha Kucha When: Thursday, June 25 at 8.20pm. Doors open at 7.45pm. Where: Queenstown Memorial Centre
Cost: $!5 for adults, $10 for children. Tickets: Available from winterfestival.co.nz