Overview

The American photographer Walker Evans, who I admire, said he would never photograph beaches or sand dunes, people at leisure, people just lingering. I know why he said it but here life is different. I live on the north Atlantic coast in the twenty first century – a nature space for all forms of life to live and linger. It’s my reality, as real as poor town America.

Finding the timeless in the contemporary, Caroline Marrack photographs scenes that might have been much the same for centuries. A girl picks up and cuddles her dog by the sea shore, with a pose that might be found in a nineteenth century impressionist painting, in front of a seascape that has the depth and cool monumentality reminiscent of Ansel Adams. She works intuitively, with an eye informed by an extensive knowledge of art and art history, but conveys a sensibility that is all her own.

 

Photography enables Caroline to comment on life and value, and to explore the past through the present. A old man stops for a short rest in a stone shelter as have generations before him. The esoteric young man finds peace for reading and thinking in a crevasse, sheltering amid heathers from wind and unwelcome conversation. A dog rolls on the road and, seal like, exposes its vulnerable fattened belly in an act of trust that anticipates strokes and good treatment.  There is dignity and warmth to these images which show thoughtfulness and perspicacity.

 

Though widely ventured, Caroline has lived and worked in Cornwall for much of her life and has a deep understanding of its landscapes and history, her independent spirit comes from her maverick Cornish forbears.

 

Caroline’s classic black and white photographs are deceptively simple, relying on old-fashioned film photography skills and vintage cameras to achieve her remarkable images.

Works
Installation shots