I’m Back — Almost

Above Leavenworth

“Above Leavenworth” (2006)

Over the past couple of years, I have dealt with a variety of serious health problems. Severe clinical depression only served to exacerbate my physical issues. The good news is that, thanks to long-term therapy, my liver problems are now in remission and various types of pain management have helped me deal with degenerative disc disease. Last December, I managed to get reconnected with my old psychiatrist and get back on the proper medication (and here I feel I must tell you I am bipolar). As a result of all this, I am now fit enough to get back to work documenting the ongoing changes to San Francisco’s central city.

The problem is that all of my photo gear is collateral for a loan and I am on the verge of losing it all if I can’t somehow come up with about $1,000 pretty soon. I have quite frankly run out of ideas, so I am reaching out to friends and followers like you. I have never needed help more than I need it now. If you like the work I have done here and would like to see it resume, perhaps you could donate to my PayPal account (tobemarx@gmail.com) to help me get my equipment back. Anyone who donates $100 or more will get a 13 x 19 museum quality print of one of my photos as long as you include your mailing address.

Deepest thanks for your consideration,
Mark Ellinger

Monday 16 May 2016. GOAL ACHIEVED! Deepest thanks to all who contributed. Those of you who contributed $100 or more, be sure to send an email to tobemarx@gmail.com telling me what print you want and your mailing address. Please allow 7-10 days for delivery. Thank you all again from the bottom of my heart!


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14 responses to “I’m Back — Almost

  1. Lauren Maddock

    Mark- Very glad to hear you were able to get your equipment back!

  2. Ter'e

    P.S. Awww hell!!!!
    Please tell Jackson, his FL family is now his MO family.
    Bob Crow was from the bootheel of Missouri……….we are heading to the family reunion next month. He was laid to rest in 1959. I will again decorate his gravesite. I feel his spirit every day, still.

  3. Ter'e

    God Bless your heart. I knew, from your last post, things were dire. And I knew I could do nothing, financially, to help. But I read the words between the times…….and hoped and prayed for you.
    David and I have left FL, moved to Missouri and we are trying to put a home together again. We are retired too, so this ain’t the easiest thing in the world to do. But we all do what we must. Shit happens and Life happens. Now, I am hoping a MIRACLE happens for you!!!!!
    We don’t have alot to spare……..but you are the finest person I can try to help in some small way. I am so thankful you are doing better.
    Fight the fight, Baby!!!!!
    God Bless You.

    • Thank you so much, Ter’e. I hope Missouri turns out better for you than Florida. I’m glad you were able to make the move. I will, indeed, keep fighting. It seems to be built in to my nature.
      Much love,

      • Ter'e Crow Lindsay

        Oh shoot……you have so many friends who love and care for you……..why ain’t we rich??? You are a tough ole bird (perhaps a member of the Crow family afterall) and I hope and pray you have a tremendous recovery.
        Wish we could get SF more interested in your art and talent, cuz, baby, you got it. They have no idea what they are missing.
        You ARE the best!!!!!

  4. Elaine Zamora

    Mark, i sent you something to your PayPal account. I hope it helps you. I understand the City is rapidly changing, including the Tenderloin. So your work, documenting the City’s neighborhoods is even more vital. The best to you. Elaine Zamora

  5. Lauren Maddock

    Mark- I’ve reached out to the SF Chronicle reporter who did a column on your work at the Arlington in 2013 to see if he has any leads to help you out. I am glad to hear that you are recovering. One day at a time.

  6. shirleyC

    Aw, well, you do wonderful work. I am retired and cannot help, but I urge others if you are able to help. Your work should continue. Good luck and prayers.

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