Marc Newton is a conceptual landscape photographer working in Savannah, GA. He has a BA from Brevard College, and an MFA in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design. His work has been included in solo and group exhibitions throughout the US including: Non-Fiction Gallery, Savannah, GA; Bradford Washburn Mountaineering Museum, Golden, CO; Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR; O2 Gallery, TX. He currently works as a staff photographer for Savannah College of Art and Design.
Why do you photograph on film?
The use of my film camera allows me to generate a more considered image. I am forced to plant myself both compositionally and creatively. The formal nature of my work is meant to support a critical observation on the landscape which is represented. Using film appeals to a traditional celebration of the physicality of photography which inspires me. Also, the practice of using film provides to me a counter-balance to the pace and style I use while shooting commercially.
What is your work about?
Generally, my work investigates the complex sanctuaries where culture and nature intersect. My series “The Extended Frontier” focuses on landscapes photographed behind roadside barriers that traverse both the space and frame. This separation represents a romantic perception of a constantly transforming space. On the other hand, my series “Constructed Paradise” employs the use of mannequins to provide a confrontational human surrogate to suggest an aesthetic demand we seek within the landscape.