Mark Duffel is a photographer, Marine Corps Veteran, and Bakersfield native. Born and raised in Bakersfield, California, he has his roots in the farmland of California’s Central Valley and the Oil Fields of western Kern County. He is semi-retired with a locally owned trucking company which hauls agricultural products here in California. Mark Duffel is self taught and owes a debt of gratitude to many local photographers for providing guidance and mentoring on his journey. He donates his time and services to support several local non-profits with his photography and videography including The Mission at Kern County, Camp Hamilton, and The Devil Pups Youth Leadership Program. He has been married to his wife Debbie Duffel for 43 years.
He shoots sports, events, portraits, and … things he sees.
I am very thankful to be at a place in my life where I can dedicate time to my photography. This is my first time showing work in a gallery setting and that is both exciting and scary at the same time … seriously. I see photographs and compositions everywhere, and my desire is to try and show the viewer what I see. I mostly fail at this but I find the effort to be very worthwhile and good for my soul. I take great pleasure in showing the viewer something they did not expect to see. I mean, who the heck photographs a pile of discarded tires on the side of the road? I have found inspiration along the way from artist photographers such as Yousuf Karsh, Slim Aarons, Matt Black, and John Free. I hope that you enjoy what you see.