Mark Dimalanta 

He has had decades of experience under his belt in the photography industry. Being born in a family wherein art was perceived as much of a hobby as his love for extreme-sports: no one expected this physician to become a professional sports-photographer. This however is exactly the case for Mark Dimalanta. 

"Photography was always exciting for me; something always interesting and a lot of discovery." 

Mark's keen artistic eye and intrigue in photography were sparked by his father; first garnering interest in the field when he saw his father's old photos of the beautiful epoch of rustic Manila and classic Europe during his travels as a US Naval Officer. Ever since, he started using photography as an avenue for creative expression; documenting everything that came his way. 


Having trained 12 years for his degrees in physiology, chemistry and ultimately conferring his MD; at one pivotal point on his journey he chose to trade his stethoscope for his camera.

"I did photography as a hobby initially. I worked for the school paper and yearbook staff in highschool, I was the photo editor of my University circular, and the historian for his Medical School batch. Then I started shooting extreme sports, like skating and surfing. Amidst everything photography had always been my outlet; started when I was a kid, up until highschool and until my training. It was always something natural"  

After sustaining a debilitating injury rendering him immobile for a short duration, "I hit a fork in the road between my medical career and my photography; and I chose photography."


Turning a calamity into an opportunity, Mark jumpstarted his career during his time of convalescence from his sporting injury.

“I was sidelined after losing my right knee, since I wasn’t in a state of health to play the sports, I relived the experience by shooting them.” He started shooting more and more, posting his photos online building traction, and developing a steady following. 

"This was the cusp of social media; facebook and flickr, this was the dawn of their prevailing era. So I started posting online, and I was one of the only guys doing extreme imagery... With a Pentax."


Being one of the pioneers in hosting his photographs online taken with a Pentax; Mark capitalized on the high point of social media and the internet boom to earn his reputation among his colleagues and customers alike.  

"People started to associate me for my quality work that I produce with Pentax that other people would expect from the bigger brands. And I've always been more keen on skill than on equipment; when I'm out in the field I just naturally shoot with the fundamentals, and it's important that I use a camera that fits that comfortability."


Having built his career alongside Pentax since the 80's, he has always had confidence and comfort in the quality and ergonomic value that its products bring.

"It spread like wildfire, to the point that even people from Pentax Japan, Pentax USA started to see it. People started to recognize my work."


"I believe in the design philosophy of Pentax; because of the demands of tight competition, the challenge presented upon Pentax allows them to innovate the most efficient cameras" 

"It spread like wildfire, to the point that even people from Pentax Japan, Pentax USA started to see it. People started to recognize my work."


"I believe in the design philosophy of Pentax; because of the demands of tight competition, the challenge presented upon Pentax allows them to innovate the most efficient cameras" 

"I've always told photographers that if you shoot with brand A and you're comfortable with it and it suits your needs, then stick with 

it.  For the pure artist, at the end of the day they'll pick the equipment their comfortable with and work with it. Whatever the brand if it makes you happy it's fine; and Pentax always suited my needs."


There is a misconception that "Because it's not big, it's not good”; but having a small camera actually makes it more functional. -More handy and efficient. That's probably the keyword right there; efficient. They are half the weight and size but for the same function over other bulky brands.

Up to this day, he’s had no regrets in making such career choices; nor in his preference for Pentax. 
 "I'm just a happy Pentax user"