“I use the same approach with landscape photography as I would with a landscape painting, there are many parallels between the two, you use the same level of awareness, a similar approach, the line blurs in some respects. We are working with composition, light, value, pattern and design in both mediums, the results can be equally powerful. These days I am most interested in documenting our relationship with nature with a focus on remaining wilderness, in some respects I have a strong nostalgia for the way humans used to live close to the land, I tend to seek out this feeling within myself when I work. I shoot black and white because it is such a subtle medium, you have to give it everything to achieve on film what you initially saw or felt, it makes you work, and it really helps me understand a place or moment in time on a much deeper level. I want to see where film will take me, I love the challenges it offers, to create something intrinsically attached to the felt moment.”
Mark has always had a passion for the photographic image. This grew out of a period when he was the ships photographer on a Royal Navy frigate during the Cold War in the 1980’s. It was photography that generated the interest for Mark to move towards landscape painting. While the camera has always played an important role in his work, especially in the studio, Mark has now come back to photography as a fine art medium to further comment on the human relationship to the land.
He uses a traditional medium format film camera (Bronica 6×4.5cm) as his tool for this work in the field, along with Ilford Delta 100 professional film and a single 75mm lense. Mark is a purist, working manually, using the same hand held light meter Ansel Adams used in his later work. He also incorporates Ansel Adams, zone system, to calculate the perfect exposure, ensuring rich detailed shadows and accurate highlights.
2017 Photograph price: $40.00 plus $10 shipping within Canada, unframed.
Prices will increase in subsequent years.
More information on Mark’s early photography.