Marc Blake developed his first roll of B&W film when he was thirteen years old.
It amazed him to see his photographs come to life without using a photo lab. This was so captivating that photography quickly became a driving force to Marc’s creative interests.
Marc became his high school’s go to photographer.
Marc developed a close friendship with his photography instructor in high school. The relationship resulted in an opportunity for Marc to join a group of students who traveled to and studied art history in Europe. The adventure became a major influence in Marc’s life.
At the impressionable age of 15, he was creating thousands of images while traveling and studying the arts in a most prolific art environment. Studies of the Great Masters had a profound affect.
He was hooked and destiny took over his path.
Continued creative learning and expression opened Marc’s eyes wider and wider. Through art he was building a greater understanding of the passion involved through the creative process. Since, Marc has learned to capture and translate the moment.
Marc returned to Europe two years later to further his study of classical art.
His creative nature along with his artistic abilities allows him to translate the sensitivity he’s discovered into his own work. “I find myself sensing an ever increasing awareness of my surroundings. Recreating feelings becomes more driving than replicating a scene.”
Marc continues to refine his skill at sensing intimacy in order to pluck moments of emotion out of the canvas of time with his photographic work.
Marc says, “A photograph can tell a story. We hear this often. We understand this. However, when that story is told with emotion it can transcend itself into something much stronger and meaningful. This strength and meaning is what I aim to deliver with my work. When I reflect this with photographs, I am succeeding.
While a teenager, he built his own darkroom and became proficient at both black and white and color print making. Over the years, Marc sold his fine art photographic work in galleries, open air markets and exhibited work in a handful of museums.
“Creating things gives me purpose.” Marc continues to expand his creative skill-sets.
Over the years he developed expertise in the areas of photography, scriptwriting, videography and more.
Marc has put educational curriculum into school systems, participated as a chair person in the educational arts and served as an advisory member on numerous community projects.
One of his companies, CompuGraph International was Central California’s third Internet business stemming back to 1995. A computer programmer, Marc built the original Lifetime Library of Music (for the Lifetime Television Network).
He’s been very involved in the music industry and became the lead photographer for Hollywood’s National Academy of Songwriters working with legends like Paul Simon, Donovan, Brian Wilson, Kenny Loggins, The Doobie Brothers, Carole King, Don Henley, Toto, Randy Newman, Stephen Stills, Jethro Tull, Cyndi Lauper, Michael Bolton and other music industry greats.
Marc also covered west coast events for MTV and Nickelodeon.
Currently, he is also the curator for a prominent gallery in Central California and was instrumental in bring art exhibits into Fresno Yosemite International Airport showcasing Central California Valley artists. In fact, currently, much of his time is spent showcasing artists and helping expand opportunities in the art community.