Aubin & Wills
188 Westbourne Grove
London W11 2RH
Private view: 21 July 7.30pm - 9pm
Fascinated by the overwhelming spaciousness of the American Southwest, Marcus Bastel uses his photography to capture fragments of the wide-stretched, rugged landscapes this territory has to offer. His images encapsulate the man-made as well as the natural environment, but they never include any inhabitants or passers-by. They are tranquil shots of a deserted world, with the invisible photographer as the only evidence of an existing human being.
Bastel's photographs are fragments, parts of larger stories like film stills. He says: "What is important for me is that a viewer can imagine there to be a story around the frame that is being presented. And for me to take the picture I need to be able to see that there is the potential to be a story. Like a stage set without the actors."
Bastel gives the viewer the freedom to write the script, and to let their mind wonder across these empty fields, providing a possibillity to escape, to daydream and to wander off into the wild, wild West.
Marcus Bastel is being represented by Anoukh Foerg Literary Agency in Munich and his photography is with Gallery Stock and Millennium Images. His book ‘But where are all the people’ has won Honorable Mention in the Photography Book Now International Juried Competition 2011 (PBN). To view more of the artist's work, visit his website.