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


Armed with a bachelor’s degree in Communications/Journalism from Whitworth College, he cut his teeth in the photojournalism world as a stringer for the Associated Press and Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington. In Spokane, Mason found his work published worldwide during the Ruby Ridge standoff in 1992. Later, he worked as the sole photographer for a busy little daily newspaper in Kenai, Alaska where his images played above the fold on the paper’s front page every day for three years. Yearning for warmer climes, he 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 over one million frames shot, Mason left newspapers to sail along the west coast in a historic tall ship, the Lady Washington. Aboard the sailing ship, he taught thousands of school children each year about maritime history and nautical tradition. From the Lady Washington, Mason 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, he earned his captain’s license and returned to the Lady Washington as Master.


Eventually, Mason settled in Portland, Oregon where he worked for Elderhostel as a program designer and administrator. In his free time, he fell back in love with photography and embraced the transition from film to digital. He has been leading Road Scholar programs in the Pacific Northwest for the past three years. When he’s not on the road, he’s at home in Portland with his wife, Julie, his son, Cooper and his daughter, Claire.


Visit Mason's website for galleries of his work, his blog, and information on his workshops.

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  • JoinedApril 2007
  • OccupationEducator
  • HometownPortland
  • Current cityPortland
  • CountryUSA
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