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My self-summary
Here's how the Dallas Observer described me in their "Best of 2015" issue:

"Here's the short-but-simple online biography of The Naked Lens: "I figured the world already had enough wedding photographers," he writes. "Most of my best friends are hookers, strippers or burners." The Naked Lens is photographer Mark Kaplan, a former naval air crewman and lifeguard who now works as a freelance shooter. Kaplan can be found photographing parties and events far off the beaten path, definitely not the dressy society wingdings the shiny sheets cover. His pix celebrate the tattooed, pierced, pink-haired and scantily clad. Burlesque shows are a favorite. Kaplan likes his subjects to have some skin in the game."

43, single, never married, no children, looking for a partner for activities such as January rides on DART in your underwear, random acts of comic weirdness, dressing up as Santa Claus for a massive bar crawl, getting dirty, having fun.

At some point all of those events may happen at the same time. It'll probably be my funeral. Take the money and drink.

Whether it's a "mid-life crises" or just loss of naivety, my life has changed dramatically in the past five years or so.

I'm looking for experiential companions, people who are willing to do fabulous things simply for the experience and the memory of having done them.

And... ENFP.
What I’m doing with my life
By night, I'm an award winning photographer, by day I work in a leather and kink wonderland, wearing not much clothing, and yet I'm not in porn.

I'm involved in several communities that mean very much to me: burlesque, hook suspension, and burners (as in Burning Man); they've all helped shaped who I am as a person, and have given me some of my closest friends.
I’m really good at

Originally this answer had just that one word, but that seemed to be selling my art and myself short. Over the past ten years, photography has become an integral part of my life; I live it, I breathe it, it consumes me. But the goal isn't to obtain the most equipment (or bags), or to achieve technical perfection, and I'm probably the worst offender of whatever the "rules of photography" are supposed to be. It's being able to say to the world "this is how I see you, and you are beautiful".

My image of the Black Rock Bijou" at Burning Man 2013 was a finalist in the 11th Annual Smithsonian Photography Contest; Burning Man picked my image of that year's effigy burning as the cover of their 2016 calendar, and the Dallas Observer named me "Best Party Photographer" in their 2015 "Best of Dallas" issue.

So, yeah, I'm really good at photography.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm wearing a camera.

And/or sparkly underwear.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Blade Runner.

Tales of the Cacophony Society.
The six things I could never do without
1. Curiosity.
2. Mischief.
3. Adventure.
5. Minions.
6. Coffee.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What can I do to make the world a brighter, more enjoyable place?

Occasionally, the answer is "wear bunny ears and a tutu".
On a typical Friday night I am
Fridays are a bit up in the air right now, but Thursdays are usually at Red Light for "The Low Down", probably the best music and the best view of the Dallas skyline going for a Thursday.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I was not sober when I last edited this.
You should message me if
Any of this sounds fun and exciting to you:

Burlesque, body suspension, Burning Man, slumber parties, Sunday brunch with bottomless mimosas, running around town in your underwear.

Alternatively, if you find any of that to be offensive, you should probably just move on to the next guy.