For me, photography is about more than just taking a snapshot.
I have always endeavoured to capture the true mood and feelings that were present and wanted the viewer be able to feel them. I almost always have my camera with me, much as one would keep a sketchbook, or journal on their person.
As a roving photographer I am often able to capture significant moments that occur around me. When taking such pictures, I want the viewer to feel the heat, the tension, the uncertainty or whatever emotion the experience invoked in me. I use the term “From My Eye to Yours“ as I literally want you to see what I saw: Not just the physical image, but the whole picture. Therefore, I do no post-production work. All of my images are as taken from my camera without editing or even cropping afterwards. I am able to work quickly on my camera and utilize the settings to capture images in the manner I wish to share them.
My goal is for the viewer to truly SEE what I see as the “heart” can be so easily lost in a photograph. Often in my photographs, I am capturing people doing what to them is entirely normal, but to us, is extraordinary, and I wish to honour them by allowing viewers of my work find the “heart”.
That purpose is very much evident in the series that includes “Transcendent”, “ Saviour “, “ Guardian “ & “ Salvation “. These pieces all seem to demonstrate that we look for help in places spiritual, or perhaps from a fictional comic-book hero, but in a time of crisis, men and women from our community are the ones who present & perform in a way that may be routine to them, but to us, supersedes any idea of normal.
Born in Canada, Mark Essner moved with his family to Bermuda as a young child. His earliest memories are from exploring the beautiful island as well as seeing the world during annual family vacations. In the late 70’s the family returned to Canada, settling in Waterloo Region. Essner’s love for photography was present as soon as he was old enough to use a camera. He was the “one with the camera” whether traveling, attending community events or just spending time with friends. He was the person who recorded the moments for all that were there to remember. Essner is a self-taught photographer who as an individual is firmly rooted in the artistic community. Seeing so many others share their artistic gifts inspired him to become more creative himself, using his tools–his eye and his camera–to create his own art. He lives in Waterloo with his wife & daughter in a household full of creativity and imagination. Mark Essner’s classroom is the world and he enjoys exploring more of it every day.
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