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27 Frames – Mark McInnis

Welcome to our 27 Frames series. We sent 27 single use cameras out to some of our favorite photographers, they shot stuff with it, then mailed it back to us. We developed the film and are sharing the results with you (and the photographers) now. In this instant, digital age, we want to pay homage to a snapshot photo process we grew up with ourselves — waiting for the film to develop and being surprised by the results. These 27 Frames belong to Mark McInnis.

Who are you? Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m Mark McInnis. Full-time photographer, part-time goofball from the great PNW.

How did you first get into photography?

I had a crush on a girl in high school and her mom was the photography teacher. She told me that she was going to take photography the next term and that I should go because we were friends and it would be an easy “A”. So I signed up and fell more in love with making images than I secretly was with her. The rest is history.

Film or digital?

Digital for work. Film for personal.

When was the last time you used a single use (disposable) camera?

I used one on a trip to Costa Rica back in ’05 alongside another film SLR, but they were both stolen along with 10 rolls of shot film. So sad.

What did you decide to shoot with your camera for this project?

I just took it with me everywhere! From Baja to Washington to LA. I had it handy for the “everyday in the life of Mark” moments.

Did you have any interesting experiences along the way?

Life is always interesting when you’re traveling. But being in LA for one of the Malibu fires was nuts. We were in Venice and the sky was smoky and red and very apocalyptic.

What was the biggest challenge you had with the project?

Trusting that the camera would expose how I wanted it to. And truthfully, the little bugger did a pretty good job! Some are super underexposed though, but hey, that’s life!

What was your favorite image from the roll?

Probably number 26. I go to Baja once a year to get away and surf my brains out. This past June, my best bud Lane and I took off and scored some super fun surf and this photo is a great reminder of how good the waves were for us.

Check out more of Mark’s work here:

Mark McInnis

Special thanks to Dexter’s Camera in Ventura for developing all of the film for the 27 Frames project. If you are a photographer who loves film and have never visited their shop, go there now, they’re the best.

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