Editors Note:


EDITOR'S NOTE: Fresh off a three year managerial stint, your friendly neighborhood lenslinger is back on the street and under heavy deadline. As the numbing effects of his self-imposed containment wear off, vexing reflections and pithy epistles are sure to follow...

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

In Memory of Mark Copeland

I never met Mark Copeland, but his reputation and steadicam preceded him. Pictured here at the outset of his career, Copeland discovered his knack for television at a Tennessee station in 1981. From there, he went nowhere but up, working at North Carolina powerhouse WRAL for years, winning Emmies and admirers alike before leaving in 1999 to focus on a bustling freelance career - one that took him to foreign countries and movie sets with increasing regularity. Today that career came to a tragic halt when the helicopter he was shooting video from crashed in the Gulf of Mexico near Sarasota, Florida. Mark was 44, at the top of his game and no doubt doing what he dug when it all went black. He will be missed and remembered and by all of us who a heft a lens in the Carolinas and beyond.

4 comments:

Kenneth said...

I did know him because he worked at WRAL. Here is more on this great photographer.

You may interested in this CBC CapCom story: Celebrating the Life of Mark Copeland. You can view this page at: http://www.cbc-online.com/memorials/mark_copeland/mark_copeland.html

Weaver said...

The other link wouldn't work.

Try this one...

http://www.cbc-raleigh.com/memorials/mark_copeland/mark_copeland.html

Kenneth said...

I'm sorry. I forgot you need a password to get into the cbc server.

Thanks Chris for finding another.

mangler said...

i raise my lens today in honor. met him once luckily. RIP.