100 Creatives

100 Creatives 2014: Mark Bradley, Camera Muse

What He Does: Some of Houston's best photographers combine to forma giant Voltronian force of artistic thunder under the umbrella of Muse Studios. Robert Gouner, Stanford Moore, Shelby Carter, Gracie Sosa, Rachel Tate are all part of the team, but today we're meeting Mark Bradley.

Bradley drew and sketched his whole life. He was good, but nothing spectacular. He traded a pencil for a camera in high school, shooting yearbook and school paper photos. Rather than go to college, he joined the navy hoping to see the world. Luck placed him in London during the '80s, where he managed to make the acquaintance of many photographers that would guide him on his way.

Bradley is a man that doesn't stick to any one style. It's hard to nail down a signature look to his work, and he's fine with that. He approaches each subject from a different angle, hoping never to be tied down to a label.

Why He Likes It: "The creative process of taking a vision (either mine or the client's) and bringing it to the screen or print successfully. Nothing is as exciting as finishing a shoot, and knowing it was a great one. I tend to surround myself with like minded creative people, and we tend to inspire each other to work and play harder."

What Inspires Him: Bradley surrounds himself with other photographers as a source of inspiration. That's one of the main focuses of Muse Studios. He often gets miffed when he sees advertisers and the like rushing off to East or West Coast photographers for their shots. As far as he's concerned Houston has all the talent that they could ever need.

If Not This, Then What: A man of boundless energy, Bradley already balances his lifelong love of photography with graphic design, IT work, web design, and just to keep things from getting boring is currently enrolled at the University of Houston studying environmental geology.

If Not Here, Then Where: "Tough question. I've been so many places and lived in quite a few. I loved living in London, the constant energy the city produces; Seattle and Denver, with the mountain scenes. But I always come back to Houston. Must be the heat and humidity that I love."

What's Next: "Along with being the managing partner at Muse Studios and my photography clients (and school), I've actually started working with video again. I'm doing some time lapse stuff and special projects for a company using GoPro video cameras, and Digital single-lens reflex cameras for their instructional classes for testing of products and advertizing online. So far we've blown up water pressurized pipes to test weld strength with a live video feed back to their classroom which was exciting."

More Creatives for 2014 (In order of most recently published; click here for the full page).

James Ferry, comics artist Keith Parsons, author and philosophy professor Alonzo Williams Jr., photographer Rudy Zanzibar Campos, painter Paige Kiliany, director Betirri Bengtson, visual artist Melissa Maygrove, romance novelist Natalie Harris, bridal gown designer Larry McKee, cinematographer Tiffany Heath, filmmaker Jonathan Pidcock, Jewelry Maker Mallory Bechtel, actor, singer, dancer Janine Hughes, visual artist Nyssa Juneau, artist John Merritt, artist Leslie Scates, choreographer and dance educator Denise O'Neal, producer, director, playwright Jason Poland, cartoonist Courtney Sandifer, filmmaker, actor, writer Lloyd Gite, gallery owner Henry Yau, The Children's Museum of Houston's publicity and promotions guru Angeli Pidcock, fantasy writer and mentor Jennifer Mathieu, author Scott Chitwood, writer Anat Ronen, urban artist Amber Galloway Gallego, rockstar and sign language interpreter Michael Weems, playwright Lane Montoya, artist Jordan Simpson, SLAM poet Joey & Jaime, designers Suzi Taylor, photographer Ashton Miyako, dressmaker T. Smith, artistLindsay Finnen, photographer Kaitlyn Stanley, tattoo artist Eleazar Galindo Navarro, video game maker Kate de Para, textile and clothing designer Shawn Swanner, video game painter Andy Gonzales, painter Chris Foreman, comic book sketcher Theresa DiMenno, photographer Jessica E. Jones, opera singer Atseko Factor, actor John Pluecker, writer, poet and language justice worker Ricky Ortiz, painter, tattoo artist Rabēa Ballin, artist David Wald, actor Lisa E. Harris, performing and visual artist Stephanie Todd Wong, executive director of Dance Source Houston Pamela Fagan Hutchins, novelist Heather Gordy, artist Mark Nasso, comic artist Shelbi-Nicole, artist Marian Szczepanski, novelist Jonathan Blake, fashion designer Doni Langlois, interior designer Kat Denson, dancer Blame the Comic, comedian Margaret Menchaca Alvarez, artist Jacquelyne Jay Boe, dancer Rene Fernandez, painter Teresa Chapman, choreographer and dancer

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