Mark Griffiths | Tenby, UK

Short bio:
Mark is a photographer based in South Wales, U.K. He graduated in 2013 with a degree in photojournalism from the university of Wales/ Trinity St David. His work has been widely featured throughout the world and exhibited across the country. His work ‘The Healing Land’ received an honorable mention at the Moscow International Photography awards and in addition the work was voted as one of the ten best features of the week by Fotografia magazine. Recently he was highly commended at the British Life Photography awards in the portrait category. He enjoys engaging with new and interesting characters and landscapes and working on long term documentary projects. He is passionate about photography and is constantly looking at new and dynamic ways of improving his artistic style and approach to the practice. He is available for editorial, reportage and commercial assignments and commissions.

Why do you photograph on film?
If I couldn’t shoot with film anymore I would seriously consider if I wanted to continue as a photographer. I shoot film because not only do I appreciate the aesthetical appeal but also the whole process. From photographing, developing and processing the overall result is highly rewarding. Also shooting with film forces me to contemplate and think about the relevance of the content in relation to the narrative much more. It’s the whole slowed down process that allows me to sit back and really consider the components of a ‘great shot’. Assessing the light, composing an image and evaluating the significance of what I am shooting. Film also allows me to engage with the subject and landscape with far more care and consideration. It pushes me to new experimental boundaries and thoroughly tests my capabilities as a photographer. Films not dead!

What is your work about?
My photography is focused on documenting a world in an autobiographic vision of how I interoperate it. It is about engaging with people on a long-term basis and gathering information about their identity. I want my photography to reflect a personal part of myself but also capture the essence of the environment I choose to immerse myself in. The work featured is a wondering journey through the native land photographing the people and landscape I encounter along the way. The work is an attempt to find a sense of identity about myself and my country through an autobiographical portrait of my homeland Wales. Free of agendas and constrictions I can immerse myself in the beauty of an old and historic landscape. There is no pre-determined destination. I simply drive or walk to a new destination each day, engaging with people that happen to cross paths with me. Each journey is a new experience. The work featured is a wondering journey through the native land photographing the people and landscape I encounter along the way. The work is an attempt to find a sense of identity about myself and my country through an autobiographical portrait of my homeland Wales. Free of agendas and constrictions I can immerse myself in the beauty of an old and historic landscape. There is no pre-determined destination. I simply drive or walk to a new destination each day, engaging with people that happen to cross paths with me. Each journey is a new experience.

http://markgriffithsphotography.com/