Mark D. Young - WPD Self Portrait

Mark D. Young - WPD Self Portrait

Our local professional photographic body set a group task for World Photo Day 2014 of taking a self portrait that reflects photographic heritage. In keeping with the theme, I have assembled elements of my personal photographic heritage on the table and endeavoured to demonstrate my journey with photography - from my first 6x6 TLR (manipulated to Sepia to reflect manipulation capabilities not envisaged when it was designed) through to a 6x6 SLR then more modern film SLRs, my first digital SLR and studio camera (Taking this image). Finally we see the modern world of instant uploads reflected in the feed from the DSLR being streamed via Facebook on the tablet screen and mobile. In keeping with my involvement with magazines and print for many years the image was then prepared as it would have been for a newspaper colour mask of the 1980s with a 100 line CMYK screen. This serves to show how far resolution of printed images has progressed in less than a working lifetime. Finally, when the image is zoomed the dot-screen pattern creates and changes to form multiple patterns open to the viewer's interpretation - reflecting the very personal aspect of the art-form we now take for granted.
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Mark D. Young
Photographer/Journalist since 1976. World Citizen and witness through the viewfinder of change, progress and humanity in all its wonderful and malevolent forms.