“When I take a photograph I am reminded that I am a small part of an enormous world. I am forced to look outward and to calm the relentless introspection that is such a prevalent part of my everyday life. A photograph for me begins when I have an emotional connection to something that I see. It might be an incredible vista or a lonely piece of driftwood on a beach. Sometimes it is optimistic, positive, and gregarious. Sometimes it is lonely, dark and brooding. Always it is a self-portrait. When my work is going well, I am filled with a sense of excitement. I always work alone, often early in the morning.
When people see my work, I’d like them to feel an emotion as powerful as the feeling that prompted me to stop and capture the moment. My work is a collection of images captured during my many journeys to some of the most incredible places on our planet. Strong and powerful architecture in New York City, remote Sand Dunes in Death Valley, endless roads in California, lonely motel signs the Mojave Desert, ancient ruins in Cambodia, inspiring sunsets in Vietnam, rugged Outback in Australia and spiritually uplifting cities of India. Journeys of solitude and reflection that I share with my photographs.”
Mark Brodkin was born in Toronto, Ontario. He graduated with a Law degree and M.B.A. from the University of Toronto and spent seven years in New York City where he worked on Wall Street as an Investment Banker. In 2002, Mark returned to Toronto where he founded an advertising company that he eventually took public. In 2009, Mark left the company and commenced on a journey through the United States, Japan, China, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, India, Australia and New Zealand. Alone, with a back-pack some lenses and a camera, he charged into the art world with tirelessness and passion. Mark currently resides in Toronto; although, you may have a hard time finding him there. Solo Shows February 2010 Exposure, Gallery 133 November 2009 Mark Brodkin Photography, Andrew Richards Designs.