In this series of photographs Mark visits the pristine cliffs of Kurnell with good friend & Iyengar yoga teacher Robyn Adler. The work addresses the question, How do we make authentic connections & long standing relationships with & within the landscape around us? Are we losing our sense of self in a world of “here today, and gone tomorrow” or perhaps more fittingly “here this second, gone the next”.
Shot on Mark's old Hasselblad 500C/M camera for a happy reunion after many years, the process attempts to reach back to an authentic experience with the photographic medium and similarly, addresses the power of authentic human engagement with the natural landscape. In an alluring way the two carry out a friendly scrimmage. Robyn is almost lost to her sublime surrounds, but somehow manages to cut a rock solid & graceful form amidst alluring odds. This is a spiritual relationship in it’s purist form; bare feet on rocks, image on film & a constantly changing ocean.
Born, 1981, Kyogle NSW. Lives and works Sydney.
Mark grew up on the north coast of NSW in the coastal town of Yamba. He moved to Sydney to study art & graduated from the College of Fine Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts HONS in 2005.
After a decade long career in advertising (scouting locations for photographic shoots & TV commercials) Mark decided to pursue another lifelong passion. He became a qualified personal trainer in 2015 and is now founding his own lifestyle management business.
Allometric represents Marks love for human movement, the natural world & a creative practice in photography by reverting to a largely non digital practice in a heavily image saturated digital world. The discipline, strength & lightness of Robyn’s Iyengar yoga practice played a pivotal role in the creative process.
“I took a very quiet & uncomplicated approach to this work. It was as much about getting back into my art making & as a collaboration with Robyn. In fact I feel like these photographs are as much her works as they are mine. I felt more like an observer marvelling at the organic & spiritual way she interacted with the extraordinary landscape”.