My name is Mark Scherz. Born in Switzerland in 1991, I have spent my life living between Switzerland, America, and Scotland. I am currently in the fourth year of my BSc in Zoology at the University of Edinburgh. My research interests lie in the evolutionary history of the herpetofauna of Madagascar, where I have been performing research of increasing sincerity since 2005.
Photography has been a passion for me since my first visit to Madagascar in 2005. I started out with a bridge camera, but updated to an SLR within the first two years, and have never looked back. I use my research together with my photography to achieve better outcomes, and increase publicity for the species and areas I study.
Although the majority of my photography output is wildlife, I also take opportunities to photograph the beautiful people and places in the places on my travels.
I currently teach wildlife and macro photography for Edinburgh University Photography Society. I am co-founder and secretary of the Edinburgh University Zoological Society, and a fellow of the Zoological Society of London.
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My photography encapsulates my life philosophy of “Do what you know, love what you do, and be who you are”. I photograph subjects with which I am familiar, and many of which I have been studying for most of my life. I feel that it is this philosophy that adds a unique flare to my photography, and allows me to approach my subjects with familiarity, enabling me to capture something of their characters.