Mark Leatherman became a serious photographer after retiring as a middle school earth science teacher. As part of a six-week journey through the American Southwest, he was mentored in field technique by Andy Cook of Rocky Mountain Reflections Photography. Later studies with Mr. Cook further improved his post-processing skills, and he was fortunate to also learn under the guidance of Shane McDermott, David and Ally McKay, and others.
As a teacher and a photographer, it has always been Leatherman’s desire to inspire in students and viewers an appreciation of the beauty and wonder of the Earth, and to spark awareness of a deeper spirit within and behind the magnificence of the natural world.
Leatherman has exhibited and sold images at Glen Echo Park, and has had solo exhibits at Paint Branch Unitarian Church, the National United Methodist Church, River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation and other galleries, all in the Washington, DC, area.