My name is Mark Unsworth and I run Islay Studios, a photographic business on the Hebridean island of Islay off Scotland’s west coast.

I also have a photographic gallery on the island along with undertaking comissions from organisations and the national press.

4 thoughts on “About

  1. Catherine Koch January 1, 2012 / 4:16 pm

    Hi Mark,

    My name is Catherine, I live in San Diego. I did a search on my dear friend Gene Nocon this morning, wondering what had been written about his passing when I happened on to your blog. I had been one of his more recent students, learning his photoshop darkroom techniques and printing up until he died. What a heartbreaking loss for me. It’s a comfort to connect with others who knew what a brilliant and generous friend Gene was and how blessed we all are to have known him.

    • islaystudios January 2, 2012 / 3:08 pm

      Hi Catherine,
      I’m sure Gene had an influence on many photographers world wide although until now only one other person that I know (who actually introduced me to his work) was aware of Gene.
      Thanks for writing..

      • Andrew Griffiths April 29, 2012 / 6:15 pm

        I learned to print from Gene Nocon’s book, his f stop method, which took the guesswork and trial and error out of printing, which seemed to be the method employed in the newspaper darkroom I was working in at the time!

        You’re in a beautiful part of the world Mark, and I’m enjoying having a look around your blog. Just read with interest your post on exhibition quality printing papers for digital printers, comparable with the Ilford Galerie papers. My photos never see paper these days until they are in a magazine. I really miss ‘playing around in the darkroom’. I never kept up with the quality side of digital, it was just never the same for me, I think it was the chemistry -or alchemy – that appealed to me!

      • islaystudios April 30, 2012 / 11:08 am

        Hi Andrew, I’m sure that there are many who learnt from Genes book, it was/is the best training manual you could use. I too miss the darkroom but to remain commercial and competitive nowadays I have to print digitally, however I still maintain that the best digital printers are those who learnt to print in the darkroom first, too many new printers just jump straight in and think they can print to a professional standard and charge top dollar for it as well ! .Yes this is a very beautiful part of the world, especially for photographers and always worth a visit.

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