Mark Hartman, North

Interviews with Photographers December 17, 2012 7:20 am

I remember the day I met Mark, it was years back and he came in to show his portfolio. His work made an instant impression on me; there is nothing like a routine portfolio review with a photographer just starting out that leaves you breathless, knowing this guy or gal is going to make it just fine. When Mark told me he was going to Iceland I knew he would come back with magic and he did just that. Go Mark. Here’s a bit about the project.

 

Can you tell me a little about the project? How did you get to Iceland, how long were you there and what were your motives for going?

For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to go to Iceland. I started looking into artist residencies there, because I knew that it was an expensive place and would be the only way I could afford to travel there for longer than a week. I found out about this particular residency which is called BAER through and old photography professor who had attended while on sabbatical. The residency was located in the North Fjords, in a pretty isolated region called Hofsos. I applied to the residency with hopes of going, my professor friend kept telling me ‘don’t be disappointed if you don’t get in its pretty competitive’. I sort of set my intention that I would go, that I was already in. When I got the acceptance letter, I was so happy. The residency was for a full month, I had my own apartment, huge studio and food all expenses covered. It was a gift, a real blessing. The project was very intuitive, I just wanted to make photographs that I wanted to make, for myself. I felt very connected to the landscape immediately and explored my own relationship with nature and wanted to investigate how people exist with nature and their environment. As humans, we are the reflection of nature, it is us. Not to get to esoteric but earth, air, water, fire, either, we are all these things.

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Mark Hartman

Mark Hartman

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Mark Hartman

 

What equipment did you bring?

I brought a 4/5 large format Linhof camera which I really love now and wish I could shoot everything on, I also brought my trusty Hassleblad and tripod. Other than that no lights or other equipment.

 

Mark Hartman

Mark Hartman

Mark Hartman

Mark Hartman

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Did the project turn out as you had anticipated?

I went in with no expectations other than I hoped to photograph my experience, and make pictures that described what the place felt like more than what it looked like. I wanted my photographs to be more than just Iceland photos, it is not difficult at all to take nice pictures in Iceland, its such a beautiful place its almost a cliche. The project was like a meditation, a look inward as well as outward, an exploration of myself,  my connection to my environment and my own artistic process.

Mark Hartman

Mark Hartman

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Mark Hartman

 

(Mark is based in New York. See more photos from North and more of his work, here)

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