Marc von Martial
My focus is on people and sensual moody portraits.
Sensual melancholia is probably the best term to describe many of my works, such as the “dorso”, „that attic window“ and “of fears and sorrow” series. Through artistic film photography, with the use of alternative processes, experiments, hybrid and mixed media applications, I try to transport and accomplish intense moods.
Working on my people photography projects is more of an easy minded collaboration with my models and photo partners than your regular “stand here, do that shooting”. The use of film photography is essential for this process, for the model and me alike. We can let loose and concentrate on the vision in our heads without the immediate control of a display.
All this people photography work is broken up by the one or other urban photography project, showing the unusual in the usual.
Since a few years I educate pupils in mostly analog creative photography techniques at a local school. It’s one of the most fulfilling things I have done to date. Well, except for having own kids 😉
Cyanotypes & other alternative prints
For me taking the photo is only the first step in a long process of refining the image to an artwork that is printed on paper, mounted and ready to be presented in a fitting way. Taking the negative is a beginning in the vision of the final artwork.
The process of making Cyanotypes, Calotypes, Gum Prints and alcohol gel transfer, the look one can achieve with them, and the many ways of manipulating or toning are an ideal process for bringing my artworks to life. I love the contemplating slowness of the processes it makes me attach myself to the final outcome.
Especially in our times of looking at hundreds of hundreds of images each day, on glossy digital screens, sometimes so tiny you can’t even make out any detail, I find it important to take the extra step and detach your vision from this fast and artwork guzzling online world. The haptic, the feel, the tones, the paper structure, colors and ultimately the presentation are not present on screen and yet are such an important piece of the life of an artwork.
Bonner Schule, group exhibition, Jan. 2013
Seities spring 14/15 “Nude”
Profilkurs Fotografie – “Meine Stadt, meine Bilder” / Marie-Kahle-Gesamtschule Bonn 2013/14, im Rahmen des Landesprogramm NRW Kultur und Schule
press and articles:
into the basements / kwerfeldein.de