Mark Ray Martin Parrott is an American philosopher, writer, musician, photographer, designer, and programmer, known for his early adoption of independent, small press Publishing, and as developer of GetWiki, a wiki/blog website focusing on Philosophy and other subjects. M.R.M. Parrott's books include the "Timeless" Trilogy of novels, "Driving Home" Travelogue, the "Dynamism" Series of Philosophy and Science treatises, and a number of chapbooks of poems and short stories. Also a Philosophy professor, M.R.M. Parrott's books include detailed work on Kant and Gilles Deleuze, refutations of Objectivism, String Theory, Dark Energy, Intelligent Design and other popular ideas. (From: GetWiki)
I started on Piano, and then Percussion in Marching Band, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Bluegrass, African and other groups. Music has always been a part of my life, if not always a public part.
The stunning beauty of Lake Michigan, the cultural density of the North Side, and the spread out charm of suburb after suburb ensured Chigago had become the ideal American metropolis for me.
Americans frequently need reminding that things will not last forever. It is the natural order of things, that empires come and go. This isolated unfinished building in south Charlotte seems to illustrate.
Finished No. 3, 2005
Things can sometimes seem a blur, a series of wheels going round and round. The cycles and loops of life can be like comforts, or opportunities, like this in-camera effect.
Sometimes, the idea of what something is, or what something was or could be, is grander than what it really is, which can be both positive and negative.
So much of what I saw in the unity of Berlin is the old and new put together in ways which respect history instead of revising it.
Colour, 35mm digitized
It's nice to capture things which are later gone, and the idea of lights which are not lit is also an interesting one, adding to the classical composition.
Black & White, 35mm digitized
A fairly standard shot of a horse race at the Carolina Cup, in Camden. I've put a good bit of filtration on it to give it a timeless look.
Black & White, 35mm digitized
I've done photography and graphic design more than any visual medium, but I've also done sketches and oils. My work is atmospheric and geometric to me, illustrating a strange and hidden beauty in what I see.
Self Portrait, 1993
Colour, 8x10 inches
Began with the Arts and Music in school; started writing in earnest at 16; graduated high school in Pensacola FL at 17; entered college self-supported in Mobile AL at 19; began with Philosophy, Theatre, Design and Photography at 19; moved to Columbia SC at 20; worked in touring Theatre at 21; finished first book at 23; graduated a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at 23; entered graduate school self-supported at 24; worked as photographer at 26; fled to New York at 27, Ecuador at 28; graduated a Master of Arts in Philosophy at 29; worked as Philosophy professor at 30; founded rimric corporation, rimric press, and rimric design at 31; published first novel at 31; published first online Philosophy-Science book at 31; had first book signing at 32; developed first large software application at 32; worked as designer-developer at 33; toured Europe at 33; finished nine books at 34; conceived of grand philosophical series on dynamic systems at 34; published seven prior unpublished works at 36; published second novel, first in Timeless Trilogy, at 37; published first volume in Dynamism series at 38; worked as communications director in Charlotte NC at 38; drove a 40,000-mile tour of North America at 40; lived in Chicago IL at 40; developed social networking applications at 41; published first travelogue and photo-essay at 41; published second Timeless novel, at 41; again worked as Philosophy professor at 41; completed full-length play, 15th book, at 43; became State Democratic Delegate at 43; published powerful second volume in Dynamism series at 44; again worked as a designer-developer at 45; released first Alt-Funk album with seventeenth book at 45; developed web marketing control panel and catalogue applications at 46; finished eighteen books and published third Timeless novel, completing trilogy, at 47; worked as Communications and IT Director in Columbia at 47; lived in Charleston SC and worked as a DOD Senior Software Engineer at 48; upgraded to a DOD PEO C4I Senior Software Engineer SME 5 and Development Team Lead at 49; promoted within at 50; celebrated 20 years of rimric press at 51...
Such a string of dry milestones can only capture a fraction of the realities I've experienced, the beauties I've perceived, the intense moments I've felt, the disturbing setbacks I've suffered, the edifying triumphs I've accomplished, the wonderful people in my life, the fun I've had, the incredible places I've visited, the guiding mentors I've studied, the rewarding students I've taught, the indescribable passions I've learned. As I find new layers of life, I cannot help but be grateful for all I've been able to do and experience, and how much of it I've been careful to capture in my creative work. I love sharing my books, music and photos with you, among them "Driving Home" and "Fury Road" music, "Timeless II", "Ctrl-V", and "Dynamism II", all recent triumphs with more on the way! I suppose, if there is anything about me you should know which would otherwise be opaque from a website, it's that I literally live my work.