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.
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