Fine art, fashion, flora, fauna, and femininity; these ingredients are vital to photograper Mark Harless’ images. With his inspiration rooted in magic, entropy, and the occult, Mark’s creations provide a striking look into realms unseen and wild realities. His stunning conceptual and portrait-based photography features naked bodies and natural iconography, leaning heavily towards the fantastical and imagined.
Just a few years ago, at the age of 23, self-confessed dreamer Mark purchased his first camera, unlocking previously hidden abilities. As a newly celebrated art director and photographer there is no doubt still much to be discovered. His stark and typically haunting images currently examine the nature between living things and the perceived and unperceived world of natural forces that surround them, and we’re looking forward to seeing these themes develop within fresh settings and scenarios.
Mark’s ‘Fertiliser’ series, probably one of his better known sets, interrogates our bodies’ role in the great biological chain of being. Featuring naked humans curled up, slumped, and wrapped in plastic sheets, contrasting the gloomy forests and grasses around them, these photographs document the action of being ‘offered up’ to the earth as earth itself.
Mark’s incredible use of narrative makes him one of our favourite photographers to date. His documentation of strange and imagined human rites, feral behaviour, and spiritual connectivity is both beautiful and thought-provoking. His photographs prove to us that amidst clamouring egos and concrete jungles, we are all bound together by natural, and in some cases, supernatural forces.
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Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth