On Exhibit: Images of the Natural World
|Grizzly Cub © Mark Brown
April 21 through June 2 -
Photographs by Mark Brown
Location: Juliet Kellog French Room
Mark Brown will introduce his work at a free opening reception on Sunday, April 21, at 2:30 p.m. at Joppa Flats. A portion of all purchases made during the exhibit helps to support Joppa Flats.
Mark Brown began pursuing an interest in photography in 1995 while studying mountain lions as a research volunteer in Idaho’s Sawtooth National Forest. Since then, he has captured thousands of images from all over North America. He has exhibited and published his work across the US. Locally, he shows and discusses his photographic work for the weather team on New England Cable Vision.
Mark tells the story of photographing a gizzly bear cub (attached). “I saw the sow with her two young cubs. We were separated by a creek. I had my back against the creek bed and stayed still. The mother was aware of me, and I was keenly focused on her and not on taking pictures. My Australian friend was saying “crikey” the whole time. As the first cub crossed the creek I heard his camera shutter blitzing away, but I was focused on the mother. Then I thought, I have to get that second cub, and here it is. I could hear the young cub moaning; this was probably a first attempt at swimming.”
Mark Brown dedicates this exhibit to the experience of recording the magnificent beauty and mystery in the natural world. “Often we observe something in nature that we wish we could experience again,” notes the artist. “By taking an image of this exact moment and recording it, we can go back to that ever- so-brief instant of time and further enhance our memory of something spectacular, something we may never see again in that same way that our mind interpreted the original experience.”
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