John Clark

May 9, 2008
Outside Magazine
Photographer John Clark

John Clark    Photo: Photograph by Paolo Marchesi

Clark's prop list: his childhood BMX bike, a stuffed oryx head (it was a Valentine's Day gift; long story), and his favorite cameras. "As someone uncomfortable being photographed, I tried to bring something I could interact with," says the 35-year-old photographer, who went into Deschutes National Forest to shoot backcountry igloos for our January 2008 issue. Clark grew up jumping this exact BMX in his family's backyard in Pendleton, Oregon, the state in which he still lives. "The camera in Paolo's shot [left] is also mine," Clark says. He picked up the five-by-seven Graflex because he's into the work of Montana photographer Evelyn Cameron, who shot with one around the turn of the 20th century. "Her photos are fantastic," he says. "It's not just a dipsy-doodle."

On Clark: Jokei-SP Jacket ($200) by Diesel; Long Sleeve Button Down 40's Poplin Check Shirt ($60) by Timberland; Classic Tagless Crewneck (3 for $10) by Hanes; 569 Loose Straight Jeans ($44) by Levi's; Chuck Taylor All Star Canvas High Tops ($42) by Converse.