Images that capture the mind's eye

Simon Mark’s work has to be read in conjunction with the dictionary definition of Abstract Photography. 

A part of an object/situation captured in the camera in such a way that the whole is not easily perceivable; the shape, texture and colours of an entity highlighted in a manner that no one would have seen it like that before; and yet, it’s an image that would capture your mind’s eye: this is Abstract Photography for the uninitiated and yet, interested.

New Zealander Simon Mark’s works meet all the above essential criteria. 

His photographs - mostly shot on the campus of Massey University (NZ), his current workplace – have an element of the ‘inexplicable,’ make ample use of ‘lines’ and ‘colours,’ and would beg a second look of wonder and bemusement.

However, they lack that essential ingredient of any genre of photography, especially a tech-heavy one like Abstract – the ‘Wow’ factor.

A jungle of overhead cameras in a TV studio, couple of gears and wires in what looks like a possible physics lab and broken furniture covered by a cloth – these photographs are difficult to be described as anything but random. 

Simon’s photographs seem to be missing the finesse that can be found in a host of ‘abstract pictures’ that pop up on a simple Google search.

In fact, one may be forgiven to assume these to be samples of ‘Industrial Photography,’ and not ‘Abstract,’ on the first look and impression. 

Nevertheless, Metrolife recommends a visit to the Art Heritage Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam in Mandi House, where 16 of Simon’s works are going to be on display from today onwards. 

Simon, whose qualifications include a postgraduate diploma in fine arts, majoring in photography, will be present along with renowned art curator Yashodhara Dalmia. 

Both will lead a chat on Simon’s work and this genus of photography.

Exhibitions of foreign-based artists like Simon can kindle interest in a genre seldom explored by Indian photographers. 

It may be relatively new and difficult to grasp at first, but can produce 
exceptional visual treats, when mastered.

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