MEMPHIS, Tenn. – March 20, 2020 – Ducks Unlimited released the latest film in its online series. In Red Dogs, DU Magazine contributing photographer Mark Atwater and his golden retrievers are featured.
Watch the film at www.ducks.org/dufilms.
Mark began taking pictures as a young adult and his skills and passion grew from there.
“I started in photography in college,” Mark explained. “It was all 35mm film, manual everything. The dog stuff started about the same time and I just got hooked.”
He also fell in love with field-bred, hunting golden retrievers. The dogs combine beauty with style in the field and are very photogenic. One of Mark’s goldens graced the DU magazine cover of the May/June 2019 issue. It was the first golden retriever on the cover since 1980.
“We call them red dogs,” Mark said. “There is just something about their personality that’s amazing, it’s intoxicating, it’s addicting.”
Mark’s first photo in DU Magazine was a table of contents shot in the January/February 2013 issue. Predictably, it was one of his dogs carrying a drake mallard in the late afternoon light. He shed some light on what being published in DU magazine means to him.
“The magazine is everyone’s dream. Every outdoor photographer wants to be in DU Magazine, it’s a tremendous goal. It’s a feather in your cap, an honor really,” Mark said.
The film closes with a photographic collage of Mark’s work across the outdoor spectrum.
DU Films is a unique online film series from Ducks Unlimited, the world leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation. Each film features thrilling hunting footage but also tells a story about waterfowl hunters passionate about hunting and giving back to the resource. DU Films presents all of this through breathtaking waterfowl footage and intimate conversations with hunters across North America.
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