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Mark Adams is a cartographer-geographer with the National Park Service who paints and makes videos on Cape Cod. He travels for his health and wellbeing and believes the sketch-journal is an antidote to seeing the world through a lens. “Non-artists should draw and non-writers should write because no one will ever see the world the way you do.” He filled his first complete sketchbook in 1980 on the Chilkoot Pass in southeast Alaska, his first successful watercolor standing in an alley in Arles, and recently brought back a pocketful of scribbings from a brief stint on the Gulf oil spill cleanup. He learned the value of speed-sketching on ferry boats  leaving Istanbul, Martha’s Vineyard and Santorini. He lives in Truro, Massachusetts.

Lead image by Sara Fox 

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  2. Really neat stuff here….I did this once in Topkapi….probably lost the notebook though.

    Thanks for sharing it here.

  3. LOVE THIS!! Your images and commentary on India and Bhutan brought me back to a recent trip to India and Bhutan. Wonderful emotion conveyed in the images and makes me want to get back into non-digital journaling and on a sketchpad next time.

    Great idea for the kids on our next trip – thanks for sharing!

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  6. I was transported to a place I have never been through your incredible sense of talented creativity in mixing video, great writing and great drawings.

  7. Thanks for bringing me back to Rishikesh, across the Jhulas, dodging monkeys and dire beggars, motorcycles at my heels, for rooftop discussions in the metaphysical, where I was challenged to save a man’s life, and almost lost my own from food I ate. Only in India…I can’t wait to go back. A neighbor from Massachusetts. LETTERS FROM INDIA

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