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MARK SOWDEN STOPS
AND STARTS

5-29 October 2017

Photographic work by artist Mark Sowden

Mark Sowden takes photographs when he is on the move travelling from one place to another. These are familiar journeys repeated many times whether it is the cycle commute to Beckton, the walk to Walthamstow Central or the train ride to Liverpool Street. The familiarity of these journeys allows Mark to spot those things that are unique to each individual journey. That may be a particular condition of light or weather or it may be an out of place object newly placed in the landscape. In London it may be the demolition of the old and the building of new structures as the very fabric of the city changes day by day.

If he is travelling by foot or by bike Mark can stop his journey and use the camera to still time and frame the thing that has caught his attention. This body of work is represented in this exhibition by the grid of square photographs. Each image is in some way a puzzle, an odd coming together of objects, landscape and light that will hopefully hold the viewers attention for a while and give pause to their own journey.

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The panorama photographs on display are different. They are made on the move. In fact the panorama function on the i phone is only activated by the camera’s movement relative to its subject and the resulting image is constructed as the camera moves through space and time. This moves the photograph far away from ideas of the decisive moment and single point perspective. To use the camera in this way the photographer must anticipate what may happen further down the line and then let the image build itself. The photographer is only ever partially in control and the results are often surprising. Despite or maybe because of the distortion and glitches inherent in this process, these images seem true to the experience of moving through a landscape.

Starting a new journey, opening the shutter, starting a process.
Stopping to look more closely, holding on to a moment, stopping time.
Starting again, on the look out, waiting, moving.
Stopping to slow down, to finish to preserve and share.