mark bartkiw

“… a fascination with the construction of imaginary worlds that mirror a distorted reality”. Indeed! This is the quiet and surreal work of Canadian photographer Mark Bartkiw. All of these mixed-up photographs are part of his ongoing series, titled “Uncommonplace”. Here are Mark’s words about this project:

“I put together photos taken from different parts of our world to create this alternate reality, one that is similar to our world but with enough difference to create uncertainty. I see these Images as a lucid dream that reflect our own distortions and interpretations of what we see. We make assumptions or judgement based on first glance. This remanufacturing of landscape and architecture results in objects and buildings that float in a slightly skewed space. Reassembling reality based on the experience of multiple places and locations creates new spaces that verge on recognizable, but defy definition. This process of reinterpreting the world is something that I do to feel more at home in the world. But the new world we create puts us on the wrong side of the mirror, looking back at the reflection of our ever-shifting psyches.”

Beautiful and bizarre. Speaking of which, I really want to go to that first beach scene.

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  2. Wlhelmina /// 04.29.2019 /// 1:48am

    Wow! I just love your “Uncommonplace” series. I was yearning to see the sea while I was living in the desert. One of the images in particular would have soothed my soul. The beach sand and the sky.
    Thank you