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Interview: Mark McInnis
Mark McInnis’s gritty photographic textures capture the predicament of the Pacific Northwest surfer: rain, wind, cold, and isolation. But depending on your view, maybe these elements aren’t so troubling. It’s hard not to be drawn into images of pristine waves with enigmatic backdrops. Below Mark shares a few photos and insights from his journey. Check out his recently launched portfolio here.
Everyday in the PNW is a challenge. The weather changes by the hour, it’s often pouring rain—usually cold—and I never know if I’m going to end up with slashed tires or an A+ shot. I think the challenge is simply getting out of bed everyday with a positive attitude and being determined to capture an image that somebody might like, rain or shine.
Why do you do what you do?
Oh goodness. That’s a long story. The short version is that my dad lived in Hawai’i since I was a really young kid. I fell in love with the ocean at an incredibly early age thanks to free diving, spearfishing and body surfing.
As an avid skateboarder and snowboarder here in the PNW, it’s surprising that I didn’t become obsessed with surfing until my late-teens. But sobeit. I was a late starter, but that didn’t stop me from fully immersing myself in the sport. I translated that love and passion into capturing the ocean and those involved with it in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
That’s easy. Don’t name locations, don’t talk about your epic sessions, and paddle out alone.
I’ve discovered some pretty fickle gems. I don’t know if I’ve found anything that people didn’t already know about, but there are diamonds in the rough if you know when and where to look.