INSPIRATIONAL IMAGES – MARK LEWIS ‘ALGONQUIN PARK, EARLY MARCH’

FILM NOT PHOTOGRAPHY

When I say here inspirational images, I mean it much more literally this time – because the chosen piece is a film rather than a single still photograph.

Mark Lewis came to do a lecture at Brighton when I was at univeristy studying Photography and I have been interested in his work ever since.  I have previously touched on the fact that often video art leaves me a little cold.  I rarely see a piece where I feel the medium is being used in a manner that is befitting.  There are exceptions like Christian Marclay and in particular his amazing work The Clock.  But, more often than not, I am left wondering why the person is working in film and not something else.

So then, Mark Lewis was one of the first video artists whose work I really connected with.  No doubt this is partly because his work is essentially moving photographic scenes and so it holds a natural appeal with me.  I think this is an untapped resource of inspiration, because seeing small segments of the world, moving in their natural state is a wondrous thing.

The film Algonquin Park, Early March kind of sums this up for me.  I’m afraid there is no way I can embed the film here without abusing all manner of copyright law – but click on the still image below to be taken to see it on Mark Lewis’ own website.

MARK LEWIS – ALGONQUIN PARK, EARLY MARCH (2002)

This film is brilliantly atmospheric and the composition and chosen scene quite beautiful in their own right.  What I really love however, is the exploration of film that is also contained within the piece.  The simple act of choosing a view and re-composing it through the course of filming by tilting and zooming is disorientating and then endlessly rewarding.  A simple camera trick fools the eye and at the point of the ‘revelation’ gives me enormous satisfaction each time.

MARK LEWIS’ OTHER WORK

I hope you like the film and check out some of his other work, which is kindly shared in full on his website which you can find at: www.marklewisstudio.com/films.htm

Some of my other highlights are:

2001 – Windfarm & Algonquin Park, September

2002 – Children’s Games, Heygate Estate

2003 – Airport

2005 – Northumberland

2007 – Roundabout

 

 

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