While much of photography being produced today offers a critique on living in a time of excess, speed and uncertainty, there is a growing number of artists seeking solitude within today's hectic society. Mark Citret is one of these photographers whose timeless images of unremarkable spaces forces us to slow down, listen, look and reflect. While other photographers use the camera to intrude and examine the lives of friends, family and strangers, Citret turns his camera to the mundane, where the celebration of light take on immense importance.
Mark Citret photographs what most of us pass by without seeing, capturing nuance, form and solace. As he states in his recent monograph, Along the Way, he tries "to see and appreciate the utterly spectacular in the totally ordinary." This construct can be seen time and again, from an image of an unattended pool, to the light penetrating the steps of a spiral staircase, to the fog on a rainy morning bouncing off the California coastline. Whether photographing the interior of a building, the penetrating light on calm water as it enters a Midwestern boathouse, the glow of rain on a steel ladder in a playground or the emptiness of an abandoned room, Citret photographs with a passion that is unrelenting, revealing beauty and solace which is so often overlooked and taken for granted.
His ability to find relevance in the most silent moments is best explained by Citret in the introduction to his book: "If I hold any convictions at all as a photographer, foremost among them would be the belief that pictures are lurking everywhere. They are concealed and camouflages ion the landscape that surrounds us, whether urban, rural, wild, or cultivated. The trick is finding those pictures. It is all the more difficult because they are right in front of us all the time." When relating his feelings about taking to the road to those of John Steinbeck, he writes, "The events along the way are what give the journey its meaning. The magic is in allowing the distractions and diversions to point the direction, and following the unanticipated detours as if they were the roads meant to be traveled all along."