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27 June 2019

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© Marc Wilson

We catch up with Marc Wilson who talks about the importance and inspirations behind his personal projects along with combining this with his commercial practice. One of Marc's projects will be coming to fruition this year in the form of a book and exhibition alongside travelling the globe - taking up a residency in Lithuania and starting a new project in Japan. Watch this space!

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Tell us about how you first got into photography.

I had forgotten about this moment until quite recently when responding to a similar question. When I was 7 or 8 sat at a dinner table, I remember one of my dad’s friends having a Polaroid camera and watching in disbelief as the small piece of white paper he rested against a wine bottle, transformed itself into a photograph in front of my eyes.

Many years later in my bathroom in a shared flat in Edinburgh, I felt the same as I watched an image of Chelsea harbour appear out of nowhere in the tray of developer. I was simply hooked.

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How would you define your style and has it changed over time?

The way I photograph my commercial work has always I feel been quite simple. Highly considered, composed, structured, clean clear photographs using as much natural light as possible, showing interiors and buildings the way they were designed. A natural perfection I hope.

My personal work however has changed more over time. Whilst always made with the utmost consideration and care of the subject matter, I have discovered that each project I work on requires very different approaches and techniques, although with the aim of showing the subjects, objects, stories and histories with sensitivity and realism. One thing that I have never felt is the need to add drama to my work, the subject matter always containing that in itself.


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Your personal work is obviously hugely important to you having its own website presence, running alongside your commercial website, do you find the two disciplines feed into each other?

They do yes in the way that I try to bring the consideration and care I put into my personal work in my commercial work and conversely, the organisation and structure of my commercial work into my personal...even though they are made in entirely different ways. I find most of my commercial clients are really interested in the personal work I do, often telling their clients about it. They fully understand the commitment I have to give these projects and know that I will do the same for them. Without my commercial work it would be impossible to make my projects. Although they do not fund them as such they do ‘buy’ me the time I need, to make them. One could not exist without the other.

Can you tell us more about the inspiration behind your projects?

The work I do is all based around the themes of memory and history of the landscapes around us.  More recently, in my current project, the importance of storytelling has become paramount. And this is something I need and want to take forward. My ‘job’ is to tell these stories as platforms for some measure of understanding of the issues and history behind them. Being based very much on the individual I hope the relevance of learning and retelling these stories has an impact on today’s political and social climate. Once I start it’s impossible to not continue seeing the work through, whatever the effect on me.


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What does being a member of the AOP mean to you?

I’m late in joining the AOP, which I regret, but I feel it gives me the support system needed. The structure of a professional body behind me that provides advice and information along with a network of other professional photographers is increasingly important to me.  It is great to be part of a respected and legitimised shop window to potential clients.


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What’s next for you?

Commercially, it’s the continual search for a broader client base, whist still remaining fairly specialised. In terms of ‘projects’, my current work, ‘A wounded landscape’ is coming to its fruition this year, in the form of a book, exhibitions, an archive and talks. I’ve just has my first meeting with a book designer which is really exciting and have four galleries already interested in showing the work, both here in the UK and abroad. I have a few potential next projects in discussion, which I need to research a bit more and take further with more meetings to see what will be next. I’ve also been asked to spend July in Kaunas, Lithuania, on a residency, making a new body of work as part of the run up to Kaunas 2022, which will be shown this October. And early August will see me in Japan giving talks about my work and potentially starting a new piece of work.  I also need to do something with the 143 ‘hotel rooms’ photographs I have light-heartedly made on my travels for my projects over these last 4 years.


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