Pho­tog­ra­pher’s big fol­low­ing

A be­lief in qual­ity over quan­tity

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

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 win­terfes­ti­

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