Photography for me is all about the light. The harder the conditions the more involved I become. The learning curve is nearly as steep as painting so it has held me constantly for decades.
For me painting is a deeply experimental activity. Paint seems to have a life of it’s own that often takes me on it’s own course. Many times I start a piece thinking I’m headed somewhere but end up at a different destination.
‘Papersurfer’ was originally a blog. It introduced me to many friends and more notably my wife. I wrote every day for years, I have a book based on my blog and several more in a state of ‘one day this will be finished’.
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My name is Mark Crockett
I put down my paint brushes after a loud and pointless argument with a tutor at college and didn’t pick them up again for 35 years. During that time I picked hops, played records with Carl Cox and breathed fire over dancing crowds from the top of bass bins. I learned to surf, build houses and moved to the mountains of Portugal. I rediscovered photography (I hadn’t fought with my photography tutor) and went to a lot of weddings.
Then I got sick. Auto immune sick. Can’t walk some days sick. Then I picked up my paint brushes (new ones obviously) and the paintings started to fall out.
I now live in Wales with my amazing wife in an old Post Office.