Marks photographic landscapes primarily look at the point of intersection where contemporary society meets our idea of wild nature. His work draws upon 20 years as a wilderness landscape painter, naturalist and sound recordist and his witnessing of the human encroachment into the natural landscape over that period. It is where these two come together that Mark feels is the frontier of our demise or well being in the future.
“I think the iconic landscapes of Ansel Adams are gone, what we see today are pockets of preservation where those classic wild vistas have been set aside but with an understanding that they are mostly for tourists or even in some circumstances for more industrial extraction of some kind. It is as if the Earth has become a novelty for our pleasure and continued comfort regardless of the cost to ourselves and other species.”
Mark seeks out pockets of intact remaining wilderness as well as those landscapes where human encroachment into these areas is evident. What we see is an emerging body of work that shows us a thin demarcation line or border between industrial society and what remains as wild nature.
“There is a cost to be paid for the way we live today and while much of that cost is seen in the demise of the natural world there is also a human cost, as can be seen in places where communities and people are also paying a price due to environmental disasters and the loss of traditional ways of life that fostered community and connection. Fundamentally we are living in a time of massive change and this is where I try to place my camera.”
Mark works primarily in traditional film photography, 35mm, medium format (645) and most recently large format (4×5) and micro four thirds digital.
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