The dark worlds depicted in E N C O U N T E R S are filled tension, unheard dialogues, and missed intentions. We layer our own insecurities over the image to give ourselves the illusion of closure. The macro-photographic approach is a crucial aspect of the construction of the images. The camera captures a real space, in real light, using optics to demonstrate an on-going fascination with photography’s ability to fabricate a world of our imagination. When I reach back into my childhood, I created scenes and worlds that were my alternate and necessary reality. I could make a tent in the living room where science fiction and toys became my universe. As an artist, this has evolved into the opportunity to revive play in order to create implied narratives.
Mark Bartkiw is a photographic artist with twenty years of experience since studying photography at Sheridan College. While in Toronto he has worked in a range of genre including editorial, portrait, advertising, fashion and music industry photography.