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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



You Are a Marvel


What do we teach our children?

We teach them that two and
two make four, and that Paris
is the capital of France.

When will we also teach them what they are?

We should say to each of them:

You are a marvel.

You are unique.

In all the years that have passed,
there has never been another child like you.


Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move.

You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven.

 You have the capacity

for anything.

Yes, you are a marvel.

Joys and Sorrows: Reflections by Pablo Casals, 1970

Photos by Mark Bowen




Gino DiMario, May 17, 1997-February 19, 2005

Gino James DiMario died tragically on February 19, 2005, at age 7½, shortly after performing in the annual piano competition at UC’s College Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department. Since then, Gino’s parents, Michael and Sharron DiMario, have worked with the department to keep Gino’s spirit alive.

Gino’s favorite holiday was Halloween, and performers at the annual Gino James DiMario Student Memorial Recital are encouraged to dress up to celebrate the season.


In Gino’s memory, and with the cooperation and support of his parents, CCM Preparatory Department created a special scholarship fund under the direction of Amy Dennison, assistant dean.

The fund rewards students who show the determination, commitment and creativity that Gino embodied. To date, 23 students have received more than $12,000 in scholarship awards through this program.

The Gino James DiMario Memorial Recital began in April, 2005. These annual recitals are hosted each fall by his parents, and students enjoy this wonderful opportunity to perform in one of the region’s most beautiful and acoustically rich concert halls – the the Robert J. Werner Recital Hall at CCM.

The recitals are open to all musicians and theater students in prep and non-prep local institutions. Each participant makes a contribution to the Gino DiMario Endowment Fund. Scholarships are then awarded to students in CCM Prep each year who display the exceptional effort and progress that Gino had shown during his studies at CCM Prep.

I only met Gino DiMario once, when I bumped into him and Sharron in the checkout lane of a Westside store. They were both so happy. I still remember hearing of Gino’s accidental death when our friend Vickie Stump called me with the horrible news. The loss was felt around the city. His grade school cancelled classes on the day of his funeral so his friends could say goodbye.

What to do with that sadness? Sharron and Michael chose to remember Gino with the scholarship fund. I’ve been happy to provide them with photo coverage of both the student memorial recitals as well as the memorial faculty recital. I have so much respect for them and their courage.

The young musicians — some dressed up as a puppy, a hippie, Mario and a baker — are truly inspiring. Many of the piano students can’t reach the pedals so they use a foot rest!

Thank you to Sharron and Michael for their dedication and passion for our children and the talent blooming in our community.


Copyright 2012 Mark Bowen
All rights reserved.



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When Everything ‘Clicks’

These days, everyone’s a “photographer.” They say the best camera is the camera you have with you, usually on your smartphone. The good thing about that is the pressure’s off me, a professional photographer for over 30 years. I used to hate missing “spot news” opportunities, realizing if I didn’t get the photo, the moment would be lost.

So while everyone can “take” a picture, it’s really more about “making” a photograph. Pushing the shutter button is only a small part of creating a memorable image.

For instance, photographing this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee, they used confetti cannons, which I’d never photographed before. When 14 year old Snigdha Nandipati, 14, from San Diego, CA correctly spelled “guetapens,” and they went off, it was a scene reminiscent of the Super Bowl or a “Survivor” finale (above).

Second-place finisher, Stuti Mishra, 14, of West Melbourne, FL applauds the winner:

And I loved this fleeting moment, after misspelling her word, Emma Ciereszynski gave the crowd some love:

After this year’s Bee, I accompanied 16 Archdiocese of Cincinnati Educators on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, where they were paired up with Palestinian Christian educators. Documenting their life-changing journey, a common theme started to emerge — hands.


Renewal of Baptism on the Jordan River:

Emotion expressed by Archbishop Elias Chacour, who promotes reconciliation between Arabs and Israelis:

Fr. Rob Waller using a challis signed by all the Pilgrims with the backdrop of olive trees:

And the one photo that made my assignment worth all the time and effort covering the Pilgrimage. It appeared so quickly, then was gone.

We were in the Cenacle of Mount Zion, the Upper Room, where Christians believe the Last Supper was held, and Fr. Rob had been blessing everyone. When it came time to bless him, pilgrim educator Andrea Koverman, who is training to be a member of the Sisters of Charity, blessed him. That action alone was beautiful, spontaneous and fleeting. But what made it even more beautiful was the light coming through the window and having Andrea’s cousin, Sr. Kateri Koverman, who IS a Sister of Charity, appear between the two of them, and appearing to be looking on approvingly.

Making a photo like this one gives me great satisfaction but I’m equally disappointed if I miss the opportunity. It comes with the territory for a photographer.





Copyright 2012 Mark Bowen/
All rights reserved.

Flying Pigs

The 14th Flying Pig Marathon has come and gone and from my vantage point – the back of a Toyota Tundra pick-up – I saw things in a whole new light this year.

As part of a five-member photo team, my main assignment is to stay ahead of the lead male marathon runner and make as many interesting photos as I can of him and the other runners. In past years, I’ve left the leader at around mile 23 and headed to the Finish Swine (it’s a pig thing, ok?). But this year, Gameday PR’s Jackie Reau asked me to stay out on the course, saying that photographer Paula Norton was in place to make those photos, so we spent the next hour or so driving head-on into the coming runners.

Here’s what we saw.

The Hogwash Station at Mile 23 where runners can asked to be sprayed down and can even grab a towel to go:

Five runners tethered together attempting to break the Guiness Book of World Records record for conjoined marathoners (who knew!):

And I FINALLY found out where all those runners get their beers:

While photographing Rachel Bea, the eventual female marathon winner, around mile 24, I photographed a spectator who didn’t even look up from the book she was reading: “Catching Fire,” which Wikipedia says is a book in the “Hunger Game” series. Must be a helluva page turner!

And once we make it in to the Finish Swine, there’s plenty of good photos to be made every second! One of my favorites, which I’ve never seen before, was this marathoner who picked up a baby on her way to the finish. That’s the youngest finisher I’ve EVER shot!




Copyright 2012 Mark Bowen/All rights reserved


Wanna bet?

Assignment: Main cover shot for the Business Courier – two construction business owners, Ishmael Jackson, owner of Alpha-Omega Construction, and Jeff Hudepohl, Valley Interior Systems, at the Horseshoe Casino construction site (without hardhats – thanks, Rob!). Anyone remember the floor collapse during a concrete pour a few months ago? What are the chances they’re gonna let anyone within 100 yards of that job do anything unsafe, including removing their hardhats?

Took a walking tour with Business Courier senior staff reporter Dan Monk, made a nice image of the two men walking along a wall of metal supports but they had those pesky hardhats on.

So we walked to what will be the main entrance and for some reason, the restrictive chain link fence was being moved, allowing us a nearly-clean shot of the two subjects, OUTSIDE the job site, so they could remove all their safety gear, just as editor Rob Daumeyer asked for! And thanks, Ishmael, the blue argyle sweater really looks good!

We also got to shoot some video, some of the first to come out of the interior of the job site. Here’s a link to the Business Courier’s blog item from last week:


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