To guide him, he uses aviation skills gained as a Naval Aviator
and airshow pilot, and a love of the earth and its forms gained
from a career as a mining engineer and geologist. The photography
is represented by photo agencies in the U.S., France, Japan, and
Australia. Membership is maintained in ASMP (American Society of
Media Photographers) and PAPA (Professional Aerial Photographers
Association, Intl.) In 2005 he was the recipient of
PAPA's first ever lifetime achievement award.
In February 2006 he was the first recipient of the EPSON Aerial Photographer of the Year Award. He received the Epson award again in 2012.
Wark summarizes his feelings about the Project in this way: "In doing this work the airplane,
camera and photographer are a unit. I love the freedom, mobility and adventure that the candid aerial camera gives me to work with the seasons, the weather, and the light; and the ability to seek out hidden or inaccessible places, and serendipitous views. It is a constant and compelling challenge to work these factors into unique and exciting photographs that can be shared."
Note: Stock photography is done with Leica/Leitz R & M 35mm equipment, using Fuji Velvia film. Assignment work is done with Canon & Leica digital cameras.