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Instagram favorite @xtramoney, ie: Mark Scantlebury

Let's face it, most of us take the advantage of the accessibility of good photography. What do I mean by that? Well, if you're like most people, the most recent photo you've taken was your lunch at Chiptole, which you then converted into a masterpiece using several settings and the Toaster filter on Instagram.  Taking a step back though, you'll realize that in order to capture feelings, whether it be nostalgia, happiness, or love, you have to go deeper than just adding a filter and a hashtag to a picture.

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Focus on Mark Scantlebury, known in the Instagram world as @xtramoney, a New York based photographer whose work will not only leave you breathless, it'll leave you with a genuine appreciation for the true art of photography. Mark recently teamed up with us to bring his photography to life by capturing some of his favorite moments on wood.

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Mark has been photographing since he was small child and would often be the one responsible for capturing moments during family functions. He remained absent from the craft for some time until ironically enough, Instagram came about and inspired him to pick up a camera again and have some fun. As with any art, your surroundings play a huge part in the type of work that you are allowed to do. For Mark, photographing in the New York city landscape is as close to heaven as he can get. Because the streets are always alive with people, all he really has to do is close his eyes and point his camera. There's nothing quite like hopping off a train and immersing yourself in the sights.

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Because of certain conditions that a good photograph requires, such as lighting and subjects, it's no surprise then that Mark finds his go to angle, candid street photography, as the most difficult to shoot. In one second, that precise magical moment is gone and nothing can be done about it. That's why Mark continues to live by his mantra of staying vigilant and exploring the city and the rest of his surroundings as much as possible.

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Mark's approach to his own photography is something that he says any aspiring photographer can take with them. "Let the art be your passion and not just a venue to make a profit. Be creative and always stay true to yourself."

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For more on Mark Scantelbury, please visit:  http://instagram.com/xtramoney