New Project: Interacting with My Past

Last fall I started a new project photographing portraits of friends and the places I grew up around the midwest. At the time I had a clear idea of what/who I wanted to photograph although I hadn’t refined the direction for the project. In January I spent a week in Kansas City working on the project and after editing the material the project has become a bit more focused. This is part one of the series that I intend to keep adding to and refining called: “Interacting with My Past”.

Premise behind the project:

How you perceive your past is relative to where you are in the present and your memories change over time. This project is an exploration of memories of my past. The photographs are of people I know and the places I grew up in the midwestern United States. As I go back to visit the people and places that I left when I moved away, my relationship to the people and places changes and evolves with time. In the years that have passed since I left the midwest, I often wonder what would have happened if I had stayed.

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Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 Personal Work, Portraiture, Projects

2 Comments to New Project: Interacting with My Past

  1. […] who have participated in the project. Here is the link to a previous blog post about the project: Interacting With My Past. I have already started photographing for the next installment and have plans to return to the […]

  2. 2011 PDN Faces Winner | Photography | Mark Peterman | Blog on August 3rd, 2011
  3. […] to visit before it will be complete. Since introducing the project on the blog early last year Project debut, March 2011, the project won a Photo District News award for the Faces contest for environmental […]

  4. Project Update: Interacting with My Past | Photography | Mark Peterman | Blog on February 22nd, 2012

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Mark Peterman explores narratives with photographs and multimedia. Although his work
is at home in the post-modern world it is very informed by history. A desire to be creative
on a daily basis fuels his curiosity about the human experience and he documents things in sketchbooks as a way of remembering his life.

Since he was young, he has been recreating the world around him through photographs and is continually refining his artistic vision by drawing on influences from music, literature and art. Mark's work reflects a graphic, story-telling quality with a cinematic feel, drawing on his design background while studying at the Kansas City Art Institute.

Mark enjoys photographing ordinary people who do interesting things. Although he is primarily a still photographer, he has recently started incorporating multi-media and motion into his work. Recent project themes include examining how one's memory is affected with the passage of time and exploring family histories.