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ABOUT THE HOUDSTA

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Arch Rock State Park, Oregon Coast

I'M A CONTENT CREATOR ON YOUTUBE

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I'm also an outdoorsman and landscape photographer portraying the phenomena of nature and its balance with humanity. I strive to reveal beauty in the everyday places we live, work, and play bringing awareness and attention to our communities through visual storytelling, video, and photographs. 

 

You'll see my work in magazines, reports, and websites. Published by Politico.com, CTPost.com, CTWine.com, UCONN, ion Bank, Wallingford Magazine, and the CT Farm Bureau Association.

Mark Houde - the Houdsta

Wallingford, CT

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THE HOUDSTA? 

Occasionally I'm asked where the name Houdsta was derived from. The story while quite simple, is personally meaningful. Sometime ago my daughter's friend began calling me "the Houdsta" (as in Hood-sta) in a humorous way. I found this quite amusing. Before long, my daughter and her two best friends were all calling me the houdsta. 

 

I've watched these girls grow-up together from their earliest days of school. Always an Arts family, dancing was a big part of their lives from pre-teen to 18 and through dance, they remained friends.

They bloomed into beautiful young, intelligent women and as they ventured off to different
colleges starting new lives, I urged them to make a pact with each other to always remain like sisters and to create an arrangement to stay connected throughout their lives regardless of the space between them or life's busy fast pace.

 

When considering a name for my photography, it was quite simple: The Houdsta was the obvious choice further enabling the promise they've made to each other and hopefully to me - to support each other throughout their lives and celebrate all that is good.

 

To Nina, Taylor & Sarah, may your friendship commitment's remain as beautiful as your hearts and may you not forget the promises to each other.

 

- The Houdsta

Senior Trio: Last Dance

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