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Mark Polege

Mark Polege

This month’s cover artist is Mark Polege.

Mark is a self-taught photographer and photo-journalist. Mark Polege’s photographic artwork is an exploration in perspective and depth, and a story written in a tapestry of light. His pieces capture the past while harnessing color and composition into timeless moments that will awe, pause, and resurrect.

Mark found his interest in film photography while in high school in St Louis. A 6-year stint in North Dakota took him into vast stretches of wilderness and farm country where black and white images of abandoned farms and other rustic features obsessively captured the eye of his camera. Upon return to the St Louis area, Mark transitioned to digital photography and a revival of his interest in architectural images. And positions with the Belleville News Democrat and the Edwardsville Intelligencer allowed him to hone his skills in color correction.

Mark is also a web developer/designer. Much of his professional energies go into creating and maintaining state-of-the-art websites. As the principle of Markus Design Works, Mark combines the skills and talents of photography, web design and ecommerce and online advertising to create maximum visual impact for clients. An example of his expertise would be, the website of Gesso Magazine and his own professional websites listed below.

Feature image: Old Peace Chapel, The Historic Daniel Boone  Home and Heritage Center, Defiance, MO /

Cover image: McPike Mansion, Alton, Illinois /

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McPike Mansion - Mark Polege

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