12th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
Third Place, Manipulated Images


"Flower Towers"
By Mark McAfee Brown

About Mark McAfee Brown

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The colorful manipulated images created by graphic artist Mark McAfee Brown rarely originate in the film of a camera. Instead, the 51-year-old Mountain View resident utilizes Photoshop, a scanner and his imagination.

"I'm amazed at the depth and feel you can get off the scanner," he said.

One such image, "Flower Towers," earned Brown third place in the Manipulated Images category of this year's contest. To achieve the desired outcome he placed various flowers on the scanner -- from amaryllis and orchids to iris and poppy -- and blended them in Photoshop. "Flower Towers" is one part of a series Brown has been working on for nearly eight years, others of which were on display at the Palo Alto Research Center last fall.

Born in New York, Brown moved to Palo Alto with his family in 1963. He attended the now-defunct Stanford Elementary School, Gunn High School and Stanford University, where he majored in art. He later went on to receive a master's degree in fine arts/graphics and continues to study graphic design and art, a subject he finds very rewarding professionally.

"Art is the most fun way to earn a living I've ever found," he said.

Among his inspirations in life, Brown counts people such as painter Wayne Tebo, photographer Andrea Gurskey, and his father, longtime Stanford professor and Presbyterian minister Robert McAfee Brown. Robert Brown, labeled by many as an "anti-war icon," passed away in September, 2001.
In addition to his interest in art, Brown enjoys hiking, bicycling, backpacking, travel (to such locales as Costa Rica and Scotland) and spending time with his 15-year-old son. Brown's unorthodox techniques and visual talents continue to bloom, and he plans to stay up-to-date on blossoming technology. Many of his works can be seen by visiting his Web site, www.MarkBrowndigitalarts.com.

-- Tyler Hanley

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