Mark Kerley– Winner of Photo Contest

by Jennifer Sierra

kerley_bellevueThe August winner of our Bellevue Dayton Sun Photo Contest is Mark Kerley. We picked Mark’s photograph because of the way it represented the river cities of Bellevue and Dayton. This is the view from our river towns so we thought it was an relevant and showed the summer “vue”  Yes, I said “vue” in honor of the new vue the Bellevue Renaissance has taken on. The Bellevue Renaissance now has a new marketing campaign for their Main Street Program and we couldn’t think of a better picture to congratulate them with.

Now, about the photographer:Kerley Headshot

Mark Kerley lives in Bellevue, Kentucky with his wife, Cindy in a home they purchased 7 years ago. She’s from the West side of Cincinnati but Mark has lived in Northern KY since the mid-70s and used to come down to the Marianne to see movies. “We both love to walk and are always on the Dayton flood wall checking out the Manhattan Harbour construction. I also road bike a lot and read even more.”

What does he think about Bellevue? “My wife and I love it! A place where neighbors really seem to know and care for each other. The people who run it really seem to be on the progressive side and want to continue taking Bellevue into the future; Red Bikes, re-branding, eclectic shops and restaurants, it’s a very cool place to live.”

Mark is inspired by Ansel Adams and Andy Goldsworthy when it comes to nature photography. Diane Arbus and Weegee are his favorites on the “human aspect” side. He likes to photograph subjects that are primarily nature and outdoor scenes. “especially when it’s a juxtaposition of nature and man-made.” Mark owns a graphic design business, but took plenty of photo classes in college. “I sometimes take photos for clients and always enjoy getting out and taking pics whenever I can.” Mark’s business is called Lucky Rabbit Studio.


We also had to throw in an honorable mention this month for the photo of the “Blue Moon” submitted by Dayton, resident, Barry Baker. This also lends a nod to Bellevue’s new vue on life. Blue Moon’s or full moons are auspicious for new beginnings. Both Dayton and Bellevue, Kentucky have a lot of new and good things happening. Thanks to everyone that submitted photos.



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