Mark Alger

Born in Islington, London Mark's fascination with photographic images goes back to when he was a child, something that continues to this day. This fascination has developed in parallel with that of an increasing appreciation of the photographic image’s potential for manifesting itself as pure ‘Art’.

The thrill of a first camera at the age of twelve (a Zeiss Ikonta gift from my Grandfather he had owned said camera for many years, still in Mark's possession) and an SLR (Pentax ME Super) at the age of eighteen was ultimately tempered by the frustrations of film processing. The anticipation of awaiting the receipt of prints, only to be, more often than not, so very disappointed with the results. This changed in 2006 with the purchase of Mark's first Digital SLR camera.

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The digital image creation process affords the end-to-end control that Mark feels is necessary in order that he may attempt to deliver his own creative vision and style. Certainly landscape, architectural and industrial subjects are those that appeal and inspire but inspiration comes from light and mood; it is always light and mood before subject matter. Abstraction and 'Extraction' tend to be to the fore compositionally in a large amount of Mark's images, although that is not solely to the exclusion of the wider view where light and form are conducive. Now living in Oxfordshire Mark has spent the past few years developing his technique and vision, through a journey of creative exploration and enquiry. Whilst many images have been made across various regions of the UK an increasing number are made within a small area of Oxfordshire, in the belief that images do not always need to be made at renowned and popular sites but that beautiful and interesting images can be made at anonymous and less lauded locations.

Mark has exhibited his work at various events within Oxfordshire and sells prints at several local outlets.

He currently uses a full frame Canon DSLR, equipped with several 'L' series Canon lenses, the making of his images.