Dr. Mark E. Williams is a former journalism student and current medical professional, who came to photography from outside the art world, a man for all seasons.  He took up photography to change the way he looked at things, to  “see” the observable world better, to achieve more balance, to "stay well".  This do-it-yourself approach within  the genre of street photography confirmed that in that moment held still by the image, the camera does not lie.   HE NEEDED TO BE "ON CAMERA", with a direct approach, like Hemingway.  And closer was better! His sensibility was drawn to the works of Cartier Bresson, Dorothea Lange, Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand, Tod Papageorge, and Barbara Kruger. What is particularly strong in his creative process is the pairing of the photographic image with original titles, appellations that are short but have a lot to say in helping to fortify the image. This puts his photographs, as authors would say, "in the first person."  The one-stop shopping with work-image combinations conveys a message:  I want you to see it THIS way,  using titles to take aim at the things photography can do.  But the photos are more than just source material.  He is  photographing about real people and the enormity of the human condition beyond words. The visual encounter  should  serve to depict the synesthetic disquieting state of the world captured: from wit, humor, and irony to anxiety, menace, existential dread, ambiguity, the breaking point.  How should photography respond to difficult times?  The result is his version of the contemporary art.        


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