After a 38-year career in photography, by 2011, Harpswell resident Mark Royall could tell it was time to pivot.
Despite an accomplished career, the industry was changing, Royall said, and his wedding portrait and aerial photography business were in decline due to upcoming technologies like drones and advanced smartphone cameras.
“It just started to slowly, slowly drift away,” Royall said. “Everybody’s got an iPhone.”
Now, over 10 years later, Royall has reinvented himself, transitioning to a new genre of creating that repurposes old bicycle and other mechanical parts into artisan clocks.
“Transitioning out of photography, I wanted to go back into my art realm,” Royall said. “Photography freezes the moment, okay, but the clock never stops, and it keeps going —