San Juan Islands, Washington - 2017

San Juan Islands, Washington - 2017

 Ruby Ridge, Idaho - 1993

Ruby Ridge, Idaho - 1993

Somewhere between the disastrous finger-over-the-lens Kodak 110 photography of my childhood and my fixer-stained days as a high school newspaper photographer, I fell in love with the challenges of capturing light in a box.

Armed with a bachelor’s degree in Communications/Journalism from Whitworth College, I cut my teeth in the photojournalism world as a stringer for the Associated Press and Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington. In Spokane, I found my work published worldwide during the Ruby Ridge standoff in 1992. Later, I worked as the sole photographer for a busy little daily newspaper in Kenai, Alaska where my images played above the fold on the paper’s front page every day for three years. Yearning for warmer climes, I moved to Coos Bay, Oregon to cover the southern half of the Oregon Coast for the area’s only daily newspaper.

With a few dozen awards and tens of thousands of rolls of film shot, I left newspapers to sail along the west coast in a historic tall ship, the Lady Washington. Aboard the sailing ship, I taught thousands of school children each year about maritime history and nautical tradition. From the Lady Washington, I moved on to develop and lead education programs for the Museum of Flight in Seattle and the Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Back home in the Pacific Northwest, I earned my captain’s license and returned to the Lady Washington as Master.

Eventually, I settled in Portland, Oregon where I designed educational travel experiences for Elderhostel. In my free time, I fell back in love with photography and embraced the transition from film to digital. It was only natural that I combine my love of photography with my passion for lifelong learning, so I began leading photography workshops in 2009. When I'm not on the road, you'll find me at home in Portland with my beautiful wife Julie and our kids Cooper and Claire.

 Mason, Julie, Cooper and Claire - Portland, Oregon 2016

Mason, Julie, Cooper and Claire - Portland, Oregon 2016