Mark Mawson: looking below the surface
The colors swirl, blend and come to life…as if one were viewing deep sea creatures in motion | Mark Mawson has had a camera in his hands since he was 8 years old. After leaving school at 18, he studied photojournalism in Sheffield, England, and then went on to work for many of the national daily newspapers in London such as The Times, The Sunday Times, Today, The Daily Mail & The Mail On Sunday. After a few years he became a little frustrated with photographing news & sport and looked for some- thing that gave him more directorial control over the subjects he was photographing and the lighting. He moved into shooting for magazines and advertising agencies, his subjects range from celebrity to portraiture to moody landscapes.
Mark has been shooting a personal series titled ‘Aqueous’, for the last five 5 years. Aqueous is a journey into an, as yet, undiscovered alien or underwater world, using a combination of coloured liquids & photography. The colours swirl and blend resulting in beautiful creations that resemble strange creatures from far off places or inter-galactic explosions. Mark was first inspired to shoot the series by watching milk being poured into the numerous cups of coffee he drinks daily.
Mark has won several awards for his Aqueous series. In 2009, he was a finalist in the Sovereign Asian Art Awards. In 2010, he was awarded a Gold and Platinum Award in the Dabomba Creative Awards and a Silver in the 2010 International Aperture Awards.
Recently Mark has also started to direct music videos.
The photos are used with permission of Mark.