Mark Forbes
Quiet corners.
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This week’s Frames finds the “traces of beauty that exist everywhere around us.”

Mark Forbes’ photography captures the glimpses of beauty in otherwise-ordinary scenes. Hovering on the edges of daily life, Mark takes time to appreciate the fleeting moments that- had he not a camera in hand- may have gone unseen. The empty, usually-humanless outskirts of urban space are Marks’ playground, from a lonely diner to a fairground at night.

“Many people may [be] too busy [or] have simply just not spent the time looking to appreciate the details of everyday ordinary spaces and surrounds. Sometimes all we may need is the time and space.. to be able to pause to experience them,” Mark says.

At 41 years-old and with a portfolio that traces him from the Netherlands to Sydney, Mark’s distinct eye for the city’s quieter corners has been well-refined over the years. Mark prefers film photography, a form which enhances the stillness of his scenes and allows him “to pre-visualise the image and be more present.”

“I started taking photos more seriously after I left University. I’m completely self taught – all via trial and error. My first real camera was a Canon EOS300,” Mark says.

While Mark’s shots might be mostly-deserted, they’re not without personality. Whether it’s an abandoned kerbside or a pristine laundromat, Mark brings out the colourful character of his settings- free from the distractions of a crowd.

“My favourite thing to shoot is urban landscapes and interesting interiors, generally devoid of people…[My style] is contemplative and atmospheric documentary,” he says.

Travel to almost-forgotten suburban fringes in Marks’ Frames below, and head here to follow him on Instagram.

Words by Tom Disalvo October 7, 2021
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