For many years, I defined myself by my work – photojournalist, editor. Now I am neither, yet I still exist within those realms at some levels.

The entries here will touch upon that dilemma – that of a former photojournalist, a visual storyteller, who now trains others to do the same.

110804 scenes unschool 044I am on the faculty of the College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia teaching photojournalism and multimedia journalism courses. I’m also the college’s chief technology officer and director of the National Press Photographers Association Best of Photojournalism competition.

In an effort to keep my my visual chops sharp, I launched a project in late 2010 – 1-4-365-4-40, a photo a day for a year. (Sound it out and it makes sense. Sort of.) A year later, I had done it – 365 visual posts, some interesting and some not, but I’d met my own challenge.

But then what?

Momentum, it turns out, truly is a powerful thing and I went off on another 366 day visual adventure. (Yes, 366 – it was a leap year.) When that one ended in late 2012, what was I to do but start again?

As 2012 eventually turned into and ran through 2013, so started a fourth year.

In Decemeber 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, I completed year ten of my one year project – without missing a day.

What else to do but continue on, right? The images have traveled across the state of Georgia, across the United States and around the world with visits to Brasil, France, Romania and the Netherlands. It’s amazing where a camera can take you, more amazing what it will let you bring back.

You can also follow me on Twitter or on Instagram. My other site, VisualJournalism.info is more industry-oriented.


  1. Hi Mark

    Very much enjoyed your review on the Olympus EP-2, and your beautiful photo’s.

    Previously,I Olympus film camera’s, (2) OM1, and a OM2. I have a 1.4 50 MM Lens as well as several telephoto lens’. I’m wondering, if I buy the EP-2 then you are saying that if I buy an adapter the lens will work on this camera? I asked a guy in a camera shop and he told me it wouldn’t work so I just want to be sure.

    I have shopped for a camera for months now and can’t make up my mind what I would like to purchase. After reading your review and seeing your fine photo’s I am inclined to buy this camera. I am waiting for black Friday to see if I can get a deal. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I really love your work.


    • It will work with limited functionality. You won’t get autofocus, obviously, and exposure options are limited to manual and aperture priority. There’s no auto indexing of the aperture on the lens, so you set it manually which means if you want to meter at f/8, you set it to f/8 and the lens, as you look through it, is at f/8 – not held wide open as we’re used to.

      It’s a workable situation. Olympus makes an adapter but if you search on Amazon for a Fotodiox OM-m43 adaptor you can get one for a lot less ($23 versus $160). That’s what I have and have been happy with it.

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