Mark Testa graduated from LIU Southampton with a BFA in Design. There he studied fine art and photography. He began his professional career in theater arts at East Hampton’s Guild Hall before moving to New York where he created sets and three dimensional environments for the fashion industry including New York Fashion Week, Ralph Lauren and Bergdorf Goodman. He joined Condé Nast Publications where he designed and developed events worldwide for Condé Nast Traveler magazine in Hong Kong, Berlin, Milan and Rio de Janeiro. To leverage his background and expertise, Testa founded Mark Stephen Agency an award-winning, creative agency specializing in designing brand experiences.
I use photography as a way to isolate and capture time. I strive to seize a unique moment and setting with the hope of generating a feeling or response. Growing up on eastern Long Island, I continue to be fascinated by the power and beauty of the ocean and the sky and how we interact with it.
Project Statement “Timeless Journey”
The sailing photographs featured were taken over a two-month period in the fall of 1987 aboard the sailing schooner, Spirit of Massachusetts. An art student on this “classroom” at sea for Long Island University Southampton, I captured the unique adventure as the ship sailed from Gloucester, Massachusetts, to the Dominican Republic. The trip included such stops as New York, Nantucket, and the Bahamas. The resulting portfolio is “Timeless Journey.”
All shot on black-and-white film, the images were hand developed from 1988-89. No prints, however, were made at the time, and the negatives sat in storage.
Incorporating my professional knowledge of graphic design and photography 30 years later, I restored the images to reveal the unique experience that I was privileged to capture.
Salmagundi Club Exhibition in Photography, 2018
Fair Winds Exhibit, Alex Ferrone Gallery, November 2018
Ashawagh Hall Spring Exhibition, June 2018
Water - Small Works 2017, Alex Ferrone Gallery, November 2017 (Honorable Mention)
Ashawagh Hall Spring Exhibition, June 2017
Chromogenic, Water Mill Museum, July 2017