About

Mark Bohrer

Beginnings
I found my grandfather’s Leica camera in the basement when I was a kid, and it all went from there. There was a sales job in a camera store, songwriting and performance in rock bands, a couple engineering degrees, and design work in Silicon Valley too, but I’ve always loved photography.

Active Light began in 2003 as Mountain and Desert Photography, devoted exclusively to wildlife photography in the U.S. West. On the side, I was also photographing professional mountain bike races and travel. After limited publishing success and print sales, the focus changed to commercial photography – working portraits, food, and event photography.

Trouble was, I kept wanting to go outside.

More Twists And Turns
I wrote for technology and other clients for a couple years, based on my long-time experience in semiconductor chip design, and did applications engineering for a chip layout software startup. Mountain and Desert Photography took a back seat in those years, but I missed getting out with a camera.

I began a 2-year park management degree program in 2010. During Summer 2011 when I wasn’t working for a park agency, I scripted and produced a documentary "Tracking the Anasazi: How Great Houses Led To Stripped Resources and Abandonment". It was based on many years of photography at Four Corners ruin sites, and research into current thought on the Chaco Phenomenon’s origins and aftermath.

Park Management
I finished the park management degree, worked for Santa Clara County Parks, moved to New Mexico, and worked for the National Park Service.

I did some photography for NPS at Petroglyph National Monument. But I wanted to do more. I also wanted to share some of the incredible pre-historic and early historic sites that make New Mexico such a cultural crossroads.

Active Photography
Active Light Photography offers you photo tours to remote World Heritage sites. These sites feature amazing ruins, gorgeous mountain and desert settings, great light, and hidden photo opportunities simply unknown anywhere else. They’re a fragile resource, especially at a time of fracking leases issuing throughout the U.S. Four-Corners area. It’s time to go out and photograph them, before the settings change forever.