Mark’s virtual exhibition showcases two series of work.
The first depicts sailing on the marine lake in West Kirby. By moving the camera while the shutter is open, the forms of the boats and wind-surfers become abstracted. Details of sails, hulls, lines and tillers are no longer important and only essence of the activity is conveyed; excitement or tranquillity, calm or drama.
The second series is taken from Mark’s “The earth dies screaming” project which features dystopian landscapes depicting the impacts of climate change; storms, fires, floods and melting ice.
“I am never happier than when outdoors with a camera in my hand, and my greatest satisfaction comes not from portraying the landscape, but from abstracting it or creating impressions of it. Compared to landscape painting, most landscape photography is very conservative; seeking only to reproduce or exaggerate rather than interpret.” As Henri Cartier-Bresson once said, “I’m not interested in documenting. Documenting is extremely dull. I’m not a reporter.”
Mark is primarily an outdoor photographer who only works with available light. He is happiest when working in wild places; mountains, moors and coasts.
Most of Mark’s photographs portray scenes in which the content has been made impressionistic or semi-abstract by means of one or more camera techniques. “Literal representation of what I see doesn’t really interest me, so I find ways to photograph my subjects so that they are minimal, abstract or impressionistic”.
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