Marc Newton | Binghamton, NY, United States

Short bio:
Marc Newton is an artist based in Binghamton, NY. He has a BA in Arts from Brevard College (NC), and an MFA in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design (GA). He also studied anthropology in Griffith University (QLD Australia).  His work has been included in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States including: Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum, Golden CO; Georgia Museum of Contemporary Art, Atlanta, GA; Non-Fiction Gallery, Savannah GA; New Space Center for Photography, Portland, OR; O2 Gallery, Austin, TX.  He currently works as a Photography Specialist/ Digital Media Technician at Binghamton University in New York

Why do you photograph on film?
Photographing on film encourages me to operate in a more considered and tactical manner. Though I shoot digitally as well, I photograph most projects on film because I prefer the meditative process of the physical imprint, and the color and quality it achieves.

What is your work about?
Visions of pristine landscapes and thoughts of paradise confront and manifest myths of perfection and immortality. While paradise often lies within the eye of the beholder, the illusive entity exists through romantic representation and visual associations. Before this year and for the last decade, I have lived in Asheville, NC and Savannah, GA. These Southern cities are known for their immense beauty and cultural significance in both art and culture. However my influence grew from their connection and reliance on the natural landscape and the tourist industry. Both are life blood to their existences. My work plays off this intersection as I investigate where paradise is found, and how it is created.
This series, “🌴🌴🌴,” focuses on a small agricultural area called Redland which is located twenty miles south of Miami. Redland is a place where the unique tropical climate creates a firm infrastructure in growing exotic plants including hundreds of types of fruits including mango, avocado, lychee and jackfruit. Along with exotic fruit, the farms of Redland also supply the United States with exotic palm trees, such as the ones found in the planters in shopping malls, airports, restaurants, as well as at your local Home Depot or Lowes. The palm tree is a timeless symbol of warmth, having roots in biblical ideology, and modern associations with paradise. With this in mind, I explore its junction with consumerism. The photographs of the Redland agricultural area serve to highlight the region’s endless cultural and physical beauty, but also to address a tangible interpretation of paradise.