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Past: Mark moved from Auck­land to Whanganui 10 years ago, at the same time be­gin­ning a new ca­reer as a full- time pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher. Be­fore then he had pur­sued academia, teach­ing in Pa­pua New Guinea for six years, and com­plet­ing a PhD in philo­soph­i­cal the­ol­ogy at Auck­land Uni­ver­sity. Pho­tog­ra­phy has been a pas­sion since the late 1970s. His wife Duang­hathai is from Thai­land and they were mar­ried there a cou­ple of years ago. Present: Most of Mark’s days are spent tak­ing photos of houses for real es­tate mar­ket­ing in Whanganui, and do­ing com­mer­cial and por­trait pho­tog­ra­phy. He is also ac­tive in the lo­cal cam­era club and in teach­ing pho­tog­ra­phy. A favourite spot for pho­to­graphs is Ton­gariro Na­tional Park, just a cou­ple of hours’ drive away from home and where the gods are al­ways putting on a light show for the cam­era. Mark took the pho­to­graphs for Carry on Cortina on page 152 of this is­sue, catch­ing up with the Rowe fam­ily of Ron­gotea and their prized 1966 Mark 1 Cortina es­tate. Fu­ture: Mark plans to make reg­u­lar trips back to Thai­land – and will prob­a­bly live there one day. He says the place is a par­adise for pho­tog­ra­phers. Check out more of Mark’s eye- catch­ing work at mark­brim­ble­

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