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Tdot Shots 5 Questions Interview with Toronto street photographer Mark Dempster aka @markdempster416

Interview first published on Instagram on January 1, 2019

Interview by Tdot Shots founder Mike Simpson

1. Who are you?
Mark 40 yrs old, Mississauga native – Residing in Toronto – a Toronto Paramedic – 1990s hip hop junkie – Husband and Father of 2

2. How did you get into photography?
I have always been into graffiti, I started taking pictures of graffiti around the city with my cellphone and then eventually my wife bought me a DSLR for Christmas and I have been hooked ever since!

3. What do you like to shoot and where?

I like street photography around the city – urban abandoned, in Detroit and looking to get into more travel photography in 2019.

4. What kind of gear do you use?
Nikon d750 – Tamron 24 to 70 G2

5. Who are your favourite photographers? 
@likeamacheen@soteeoh@718sean.p , @markusweaver

Bonus question: What is the appeal of street shooting as opposed to cityscape or portraits or other genres?

I love the streets it’s real, raw, and unpredictable.
I have always loved walking around the city and people watching, now I just do it with a camera. Capturing people doing everyday activities, seeing the beauty in parts of the city that otherwise may go unnoticed.
The streets are full energy and I love being able to capture that in a photo that can tell a story about a moment in time.
Thanks so much for this!
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You’re welcome Mark! Thanks for contributing to the Tdot Shots interview series! 😀

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