Upon completion of Art Fundamentals at Sheridan College, Mark Zelinski entered the Ontario College of Art in 1975 to study design, drawing, sculpture and watercolour painting. His interests turned to photography, and he graduated as the top student of the college in 1979, winning the Governor General's Medal and three scholarships for his work. His short 16mm film entitled "Movement In White", was purchased by both CBC and TVOntario. During the next two years, he would establish his strength as a professional location photographer.
Advertising, A/V & TV
By 1980, he was shooting for many advertising agencies and A/V production houses in Toronto. His early work can be seen in animated photography sequences in the National Film Board of Canada feature documentary, "Aurora...On Target.," and in a prize-winning film he shot for the Toronto General Hospital. In addition to shooting promotional stills for television commercials and stations (CHCH, CITY), he has designed and photographed several CD covers for the Solitudes music label, including the last two releases by Canadian pianist Hagood Hardy.
Pro Sports, Resorts & Annual Reports
Zelinski has photographed corporate annual reports for SunLife Assurance Company of Canada, the Ford Motor Company of Canada, Dofasco, The Canadian Red Cross, National Life and Petro Canada including shots of the Hibernia offshore drilling platform. Mark has worked with top Canadian designers, and directly with international firms such as Panasonic, Deloitte Touche and Oerlikon Aerospace. His work for numerous Canadian, American and European tour operators has taken him on location from St. Lucia to Antarctica. He has shot promotional sports photography for the Toronto Blue Jays, the Molson Tennis Challenge and the Special Olympics. For three summers, he was the official photographer of the PGA Tour in Canada.
Mark has worked as a photographer and as an A/V producer for the Ministries of Correctional Services, Natural Resources, and Tourism & Recreation. From 1982 - 1988 he was the official photographer of visiting heads of state for the Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs and The Premier of Ontario's Office. Margaret Thatcher (U.K.), Francois Mitterand (France), The Aga Kahn, and Bishop Desmond Tutu (S.Africa) are among his photographed subjects. Other government clients include Tourism Canada and the Ministry of Industry, Trade & Technology. In 1988, he shot the World Economic Summit.
Book Publishing & The Royal Family
In 1987 Zelinski initiated a worldwide promotion of the Outward Bound organization. He photographed Outward Bound schools around the globe to produce a book of photography commemorating the first 50 years of Outward Bound. The book, entitled "Outward Bound: The Inward Odyssey", was officially launched in Wales in 1991 by HRH Prince Philip of England, who also wrote the book's forward. In 1999 Zelinski created a new company, From The Heart Publishing, and created the book, "Greater Hamilton: From The Heart". The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander officially launched the book and wrote the introduction. Mark has also continued to photograph Outward Bound Schools to create the new book"Outward Bound: The Inward Odyssey Volume 2", which includes a foreword by HRH Prince Andrew. This new book follows the evolution and expansion of Outward Bound into the year 2002. In 2004, Mark created the hockey book, “Dog Day In Hamilton: A Day In The Life Of The Hamilton Bulldogs”, for the farm team for the Montreal Canadiens.
2010 saw the publishing of four new books by Zelinski’s From The Heart Publishing. “One Small Flame: Kurt Hahn’s Vision of Education” is Mark's fifth book, the third in a series about experiential education. His Majesty King Constantine of Greece and Canada’s own Justin Trudeau both contributed forewords for the book.
For thirty-five years Zelinski traveled to more than 70 countries to create the images for “UNTITLED” and “From The Field”, his brilliant sixth and seventh books. In 2010 he also published “The Art of Industry: 50 years of photography” by photographic veteran Tom Bochsler.
As a result of his art training, colour, composition, and light are Mark's forte. He enjoys serving a diverse clientele in his fourth decade as a professional photographer.
Advanced Lightroom Tips For Everyone. Part 2 of Peter's non-technical, plain-language tips and hints to make Lightroom easy to understand and easy to use for newcomers to photo editing. ...
Advanced Lightroom Tips For Everyone. Part 2 of Peter's non-technical, plain-language tips and hints to make Lightroom easy to understand and easy to use for newcomers to photo editing. Bring your questions and get to know Lightroom so you too can take advantage of this pro-level photo editor and powerful database
Wow, it's almost the end of August, I hope you had a great Summer, The Oakville Camera Club AGM is on Monday August 31 at QE Park at 7 PM. The financials are on a Google Doc on the Oakville Came...
Wow, it's almost the end of August, I hope you had a great Summer, The Oakville Camera Club AGM is on Monday August 31 at QE Park at 7 PM. The financials are on a Google Doc on the Oakville Camera Club Website on the event.
Neil Ta is a Toronto-based wedding and commercial photographer. His personal work has touched upon the exploration of the built environment, making use of unseen and unused space in a way that present...
Neil Ta is a Toronto-based wedding and commercial photographer. His personal work has touched upon the exploration of the built environment, making use of unseen and unused space in a way that presents the familiar in a new light. His current long-term project is focused on those living in the Alexandra Park neighbourhood of Toronto, an area undergoing gentrification over the next decade. Rather than restricting the genres of photography he shoots, he embraces the ‘cross-pollinationization’ of influences to create memorable work. His talk "From Good to Great" will give photographers of all levels and genre practical tips on taking their images to the next level.
Monday night we're in for at treat with Wojtek and Mark showing their images from a recent trip in the Rockies this past Summer. It's one thing to admire spectacular photos, what do you need to ...
Monday night we're in for at treat with Wojtek and Mark showing their images from a recent trip in the Rockies this past Summer. It's one thing to admire spectacular photos, what do you need to do to prepare and where to go once you arrive?
Also at Monday night's meeting some leftover business from the AGM, the Oakville Camera Club operating budget has been finalized, a copy has been uploaded onto the Oakville Camera Club site for your review. http://www.oakvillecameraclub.com
Tonight Marcel and the Challenges Team will be reviewing the results of the Fall Challenges. To refresh memories, the categories are: Best Travel Photo Ever, Severe Weather and Action Photograph...
Tonight Marcel and the Challenges Team will be reviewing the results of the Fall Challenges. To refresh memories, the categories are: Best Travel Photo Ever, Severe Weather and Action Photography.
Save the date: Monday December 21 is the annual Christmas Party with pizza and cold drinks. We all have a "Meet the Committee Chairs", if you're interested in volunteering with the club for a portfolio but don't know where to start. Finally a one night only frame sale. Five dollars per frame, cash only and one night only. If you have a print in Capture Oakville 2014 you can get it back framed, mounted and matted for only $5.