Mark Power: Guernsey Landscapes
26 October - 31 December 2018
This exhibition will host work by the renowned landscape photographer Mark Power, in partnership with the Guernsey Photography Festival.
Following Power's most recent works and his personal views1 & 2 on contemporary photography, we decided to give him complete "Carte Blanche" for his project in Guernsey. This is in accordance with one of the Guernsey Photography Festival's long term goals: to develop a new visual language about our islands.
By stepping back from traditional documentary photography and taking a more experimental approach, Power manages to go to the quintessence of the environment he is exploring. He likes concentrating on evocative objects, gestures, materials and even animals that cross his path. Using a ring flash, he highlights the rawness, the peculiar traces that we leave behind while getting on with our daily life, while his large format camera captures landscapes that define and encapsulate the territory.
These two elements combine to offer the viewer a remarkable view of Guernsey. The images deviate from traditional picturesque representations and redefine the notion of beauty. Like a researcher in his lab, Power operates a very meticulous visual investigation. His work is a personal artistic interpretation of an unfamiliar, but strangely familiar, small island and its unique identity.
(1)"Now that everyone in the developed world seems to own some form of camera, a different space has opened for documentary photographers. It's a space free from specific events, where there are different expectations, where it is first and foremost about ideas. Now we can all take pictures, with varying degrees of ability, it's what we DO with our cameras that counts."
Extract from Mark Power and Daniel Cockrill interview about "Destroying The Lab For The Sake Of The Experiment. Magnum Website
(2) "I am a documentary photographer interested in the world as it is. I tend to shy away from specific news events but look instead for more insignificant moments. I aim for a more 'poetic' response, which demands a little more work from the viewer, while at the same time I'm trying to say something that historians might find relevant in years to come. It's a balancing act."
Extract from Read Alexander Pulver's interview with Mark Power about his Best Shot, for The Guardian.
The Project Organiser is the Guernsey Photography Festival. The Artist in Residence programme is financed by Guernsey Museums.