Best of 2012

Three weeks into the new year, I think I’m safe in posting my top projects of 2012!

Looking back, I’m reminded that it was a year that went by in a hurry. Here are some highlights.


 New Year, New Name!

I’ve been shooting video and interviewing business leaders for nearly four years for news magazines produced by the Cincinnati Business Courier, ZoneCG and Local12. I’ve also done video projects for clients including Cowan’s Auctions, Bilstein USA, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and Greater Cincinnati Health Collaborative. You can see some examples here. With all this video, I thought it was time to incorporate that fact into my company name and update my website.

Enter my web designer/webmistress, Allison Rae. Allison and I rebranded my company with a new name – Mark Bowen Media – and created the new website. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to browse my online portfolio, and recommend my work to your friends and associates if you like what you see. You’re also invited to subscribe to my blog for my monthly posts. Allison’s portfolio is featured on her website, I highly recommend her marketing and design work.


Cincinnati Business Courier

Being one of the freelance photographers for the Cincinnati Business Courier (for nearly 20 years now!), I’m always challenged to make a photo that not only helps tell the story, but also engages the reader. I love working with my subjects and having them be part of the creative process. Above is my favorite photo from Courier assignments in 2012. Thank you to Rocket Science & Design’s Joel Warnecke for helping me create “iPad Man!”


Several of my photos were included in the Business Courier’s “Top 10 Photos” of 2012. Above, my favorite is Eric Avner, vice president and senior program manager for Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation, shown at the American Sign Museum, the lead grant recipient for CoSign. It was by far the most colorful location shoot I had all year!


HOPE Pilgrimage 2012

The HOPE (Holy Land Outreach Promoting Education) pilgrimage was a big highlight of 2012. The educators were from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and they partnered with Latin Patriarchate Schools in the Holy Land. Some of my best photos of the year were created over there. Above, in the Upper Room, where Christians believe the Last Supper took place, I managed to capture this truly amazing moment: Fr. Rob Waller of St. Andrews Church in Milford being blessed by future Sister of Charity, Andrea Koverman. I love the composition. In the background. Framed by Andrea’s arm is her sister, Sister Kateri, looking on with approval.

Above, in Nablus in the northern West Bank, teachers from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati came together with Palestinian teachers to learn how to reach their students more effectively.


Scripps National Spelling Bee

It’s been an interesting ride serving as official photographer for The Bee for 21 years. Every year the popularity of The Bee increases. Shown above in a sea of confetti is 2012 second-place finisher, Stuti Mishra, applauding for champion Snigdha Nandipati. More about the Bee:


Flying Pigs

In my 13th year documenting the Flying Pig Marathon, I got to lead both the male and female participants into the Finish Swine then spend four hours capturing the joy and pain of the other finishers. Above, I was in the right place at the right time when eventual 2012 Full Marathon winner Sergio Reyes ran past the Skyline Chili billboard.


The day before the marathon also provides nice opportunities. The children’s events, above, are especially fun to shoot. So many people, so much action!


Around the Tri-State

Tornadoes ripped through the Tri-State on March 2, 2012. Before they reached Moscow, Ohio, they struck in Pendleton County and the small community of Peach Grove. I documented the clean-up efforts of hundreds of volunteers for the Falmouth Outlook, the newspaper that covers the area where I spend my weekends.

Late in the afternoon, a man who rode out the tornado in his neighbor’s basement asked me to take a picture of him and his flag, both of them survivors. It wasn’t until I was downloading the image, above, that I noticed that the stars of the flag were projected on his clothing.


On a cold day in November at Drake Center, I photographed Carolina Hatton, an amazing young woman who is paralyzed from the waist down, walk with the aid of the Ekso Bionics exoskeleton. It was a powerful moment – one I felt privileged to witness and photograph.



Mark Bowen by Amanda Davidson


One of the biggest highlights of 2012 was the project and exhibit called “Photographers X Photographers,” part of FotoFocus, a month-long bienniel celebration independent exhibitions of historical and contemporary photography and lens-based art. For the project, 50 local photographers put their names into a hat, then each photographer selected the name of another photographer who would be our subject. I was fortunate to have one of the top young shooters at The Cincinnati Enquirer, Amanda Davidson, pull my name out of the hat and a little unfortunate to draw the name of my frenemy, blogger/writer/photographer Joe Wessels. The whole project resulted in a wonderful gallery show at Xavier University, where it was standing-room-only for the opening. Photographers know a lot of people!

Joe Wessels by Mark Bowen



Nearly all of my assignments for the Business Courier include a video shoot and interview as well. The Courier assignment mentioned above with Eric Avner also involved a video shoot at the American Sign Museum. Add sound and motion, and this was easily the best video opportunity of the year for “US Bank Business Watch,” the Local12 newsmagazine where it was featured.


Just for Fun

Check out this quick video we made during the 2012 HOPE pilgrimage. I love the sound of the water hitting the rocky beach at the Sea of Galilee. Sound and motion…I love capturing both!


Thanks to all of my clients, friends and colleagues for an outstanding year. Wishing you all the best for 2013 and beyond.

Happy New Year!



Copyright 2012-2013 Mark Bowen / All Rights Reserved


7 Responses to “Best of 2012”

    • Susie

      Love your work, Mark! You are always so thoughtful about what you do. Congrats on your best of 2012. I’m sure that 2013 will bear even more fruit! Cheers!

  1. Carol King

    You have an amazing gift for capturing expressive photos. It’s always a joy to experience the pictures you set up through the camera lens.


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