Sinclair puts on a show

BONHOGA Gallery is exhibiting a show of work by Shetlander Mark Sinclair, highly acclaimed for his photography of both landscapes and architecture.

Entitled Out of Office, the show opens tonight at 7.30pm and everyone is welcome to come along, see the exhibition and meet the photographer.

Alongside his local show Mark is exhibiting Art on Site, a project documenting the construction of the Shetland Museum and Archives, at The Lighthouse in Glasgow. It will run until 26th August.

Born and raised in Shetland, Mark got his first SLR camera at the age of 12, converting the upstairs bathroom of his family home into a makeshift dark room.

After studying electronic and information engineering in Aberdeen and computing at Shetland College he worked in IT for several years, but his passion for photography continued. Fuelled by the possibilities of digital photography, he exhibited for the first time in the Shetland Open Exhibition in 2003 and went on to enrol in a photography course in 2004.

Mark said: “With digital photography you see the image straight away; you can adjust it and re-shoot it. You can learn faster. So much goes along with it, the hardware, the software.”

Of composition he says: “I just know when it is right, and when it’s wrong. It is the same with colour and tone. I can tell if a colour photograph will make a good black and white image. I don’t know how, I just know.”

In December 2004 Mark was asked by Shetland Amenity Trust to document the construction of the new Shetland museum for a project called Art on Site, capturing the building from the earliest stages of construction through to completion. A digital show of some of this work can be seen on the lower ground floor of the Weisdale Mill.

Last year he was commended and short listed in the AA Landscape Photographer of the Year Award and his work now appears frequently in national and international publications.

Out of Office is an opportunity to view a wide selection of his work and the show will offer an opportunity to be calm and contemplative amid the bustle of Weisdale Mill.

The exhibition runs until 7th September and Bonhoga Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am-4.30pm and on Sunday from noon to 4.30pm.


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