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About Mark Bohrer and Active Light

A Man With A Mission

My immediate goal is helping you tell the best visual story. My sneaky ulterior motive is fostering appreciation for the natural environment, so there's something left for your grandkids. I also tend to fly in the face of established dogma - I can't always be someplace at the magic hours, so I shoot what it takes to tell the story. My secondary goal is showing you how to do that too.


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, but I've always loved photography.

Mark Bohrer

Mark Bohrer

Active Light began in 2003 as Mountain and Desert Photography, specializing in wildlife photography in the U.S. west. I was also photographing pro mountain bike races like California's Sea Otter Classic, and travel. After limited publishing and print sale success, I switched to commercial work - working portraits, food, and event photography.

Trouble was, I kept wanting to go outside.

More Tech

I wrote for technology and other clients for a couple years, based on my 25 years of semiconductor chip design, and did applications engineering for a chip layout software startup. 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

After completing the park management degree, I 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, including their Find Your Park 2016 picture. But 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 and hidden natural areas in the U.S. Southwest. These sites display amazing ruins, gorgeous mountain and desert settings, great light, and photographic experiences not found 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.

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