Mark Welagen: Memories of an artisan (signed)
Thousands of images pass by on an average day: on the street, on the computer, telephone or television. The stream of images goes so fast that you pay little attention to each image separately. Taking photos has become so common that we hardly take the trouble to show our holiday photos to others, for example.
The photos of Mark Welagen, on the other hand, require attention and long-term viewing. Not easily understood, but immediately fascinating, they make sure people stop and pay attention. The subject matter and the use of material are interwoven in Mark’s work; it is impossible to consider one without the other. In his hands, landscapes and portraits can easily transform into aesthetic abstract images that resemble chemical reactions, which in fact they are. On the other hand, the use of paper and light in his studio can create images that remind us of landscapes and even silhouettes of people. Then you never know exactly what you are looking at.
Mark is a historian of photographic techniques, but he also enjoys the use of disposable cameras from recycled shops. Some of his pictures have not even been made with a camera.
Signed and numbered, edition of 100