Photo of the photographer, Mark Ali.
I live near the great city of Pittsburgh, PA.  Like most people, I started creating photographs at a young age - with a simple point-and-shoot camera, on vacations, or just for fun. 
The science of photography began to interest me later while taking a "visual communications" class in junior high school.  I got to use a dark room, and I was exposed (no pun intended) to the chemical process involved in developing film.  Cool stuff.
The artistic aspects of photography dawned on me a few years later, while working on a high school project for which we were loaned a 35mm film camera and simply told to make some interesting photos that told a story.  I created some images of abandoned mills in my area, telling the story of a bygone era through the structures that were left behind.
As I got older, and digital photography took over the industry, image-making became easier.  At the same time, I also realized that there's room to embrace both the scientific and the artistic components of photography while creating interesting images.  My wife recognized my love of photography, and encouraged me to pursue it.
This website is the culmination of my photographic pursuits.  It represents my full portfolio of photographs, presented in several galleries, for your viewing enjoyment.  Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or requests. 
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Best Selling Prints
"Ohiopyle Bridge"
"Ohiopyle Bridge"
"Maker's Mark Barrels"
"Maker's Mark Barrels"
"Red Barn"
"Red Barn"
"Golden Rain 2"
"Golden Rain 2"
"Golden Rain 1"
"Golden Rain 1"
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Published Photographs
There's been a couple cases in which I've been honored to have my photos published in places beyond my own website.
"Daffodils 2.0"
Shutterbug Magazine, August 2013
"Easter Vigil"
St. Michael the Archangel Parish (website)
Mt. Lebanon, PA

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Recognitions / Acceptances
I don't enter many exhibitions (because my photography doesn't usually match up with what judges are looking for), or many contests (because the odds of winning are so low), but there have been a few exceptions where I've had a little success...

"Alstroemeria Closeup"

Westchester Intl. Exhibition 2021 (Nature Division)

"Orchid"
Manhattan 2020 Photo Exhibition (PIDC Division)
Detroit Digital Intl. Salon of Photography 2020 (PIDC Division)
"Reaching for the Sky"
Editor's Pick (August 2020)
Nature Photographers Network

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Acknowledgements

I'd like to thank each of the following people, for inspiring me:

My wonderful wife Laura, a dietitian, a nutritionist, a writer, and an amazing cook.
All images on this website are dedicated to her.
This is her website:
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My buddy Joe, a professional graphic designer, illustrator, and award-winning painter.
Check out his work here:
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My sister-in-law Melissa, a very talented professional photographer.
Check out her work here: