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18 LANDSCAPES
Mark Wyse

Nazraeli Press, 2006
Hardcover
56 pages
18 colour illustrations.
ISBN: 159005119X

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It comes as no surprise that Mark Wyse hones his artistic vision in Los Angeles. His images, rich with the rapture of light and detail that have attracted photographers since the conception of the medium, both confound and embrace photographic conventions. Through the descriptive power allowed by the 8 x 10 view camera, Wyse directs our eye through expansive Californian views with the precise detail of aerial maps, enticing us into recesses, and forcing us along impenetrable surfaces. It is through Wyse's acute awareness of heightened vision that he is able to absorb us into the pictorial surface, a surface that oscillates between the hyper-real and his own nostalgic leanings. In Wyse's hands, the drama of the view is never found in the landscape it describes, nor the light it exploits, but in the very act of perception itself.

 

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