About the Book
My work reflects my ongoing fascination with the construction of imaginary worlds that mirror a distorted reality. These fictional tableaus are reflective of inner states of mind and responsive to world issues. The camera is used for its ability to record actual visual information and create a level of familiarity. I use a variety of collage methods, sometimes in the building of a photographic source, sometimes in post-production. In all cases, I am playing with scale shifts and unsettling points of view.
I put together photos taken from different parts of our world to create this alternate reality, one that is similar to our world but with enough difference to create uncertainty. I see these Images as a lucid dream that reflect our own distortions and interpretations of what we see. We make assumptions or judgement based on first glance. This remanufacturing of landscape and architecture results in objects and buildings that float in a slightly skewed space. Reassembling reality based on the experience of multiple places and locations creates new spaces that verge on recognizable, but defy definition. This process of reinterpreting the world is something that I do to feel more at home in the world. But the new world we create puts us on the wrong side of the mirror, looking back at the reflection of our ever-shifting psyches.
Mark Bartkiw, is a photographic artist with twenty years of experience since studying photography at Sheridan College. While in Toronto he has worked in a range of genre including editorial, portrait, advertising, fashion and music industry photography. An award from Photo District News, New York, recognized Bartkiw’s fashion work in 2002 Since moving to rural Ontario, Bartkiw’s emphasis has shifted from freelance photography to creating new bodies of work that focus on his personal vision. His organic farming experience paralleled his early childhood relationship with farming and has resulted in intimate photographs of plants, insects and detritus, all made with his unique close-up selective focus approach. He pays special attention to these tiny details found in the natural and constructed environment so as to draw our attention to the minute beauty of the often overlooked.