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Creating Art From Collections Of Every Day Objects

Mark Vessey captures images of ordinary objects in very clean and symmetrical ways, celebrating those who are dedicated to creating unique collections of books, records and other everyday items.

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PLAYBOY Magazines

© Mark Vessey


From bottle caps and beer bottles to umbrella covers and troll dolls, humans collect some weird and wonderful things and photographer Mark Vessey is exploring this hobby in a photo series called 'Collections'. However, you won't find jars of buttons, bags of crisps or endless rows of toothbrushes in Mark's images as he focuses his collecting skills on rare books, records and magazines. 

His ongoing body of work features well-known magazines such as Playboy as well as every edition of Vogue that Kate Moss featured on the cover of. Fans of fiction will recognise the iconic Penguin that sits the on the spins of several books carefully placed together and the 'disco' theme runs, quite obviously, through a large pile of colourful records.

 Each image is captured on a plain, often crisp background, which allows the colours and shapes of the objects photographed to be the point of focus. After all, Mark spends quite a bit of time searching for elusive editions of books and magazines that will make a particular collection, and as a result an image, complete so it's important that they're presented right. 

Vogue Magazines

© Mark Vessey


Mark spends time not only looking for particular editions that will represent a moment in time but for magazines/books that look right together when they're piled up with just their spines on show. Just as pop art did, Mark is turning the ordinary into art and making us look at something that can be easily overlooked in a different way. 

Commenting on the series over on his website, Mark says: "My work is about trying to establish a sense of order. There is comfort in collecting things, studying things that people take for granted, grouping everyday objects into such a way that they become something special, seeing how they fit together to become a thing of great beauty... It’s a balancing act between choosing the right magazines to represent a period in time and the right spines that will sit together and capture that magazine’s identity."


© Mark Vessey


You can learn more about Mark Vessey's and his work in the video below. He'll also be exhibiting at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea this autumn (19-22 October 2017).  Previously, we've shared work by three other talented photographers, all of whom have appeared at the Affordable Art Fair, and they are Alma Haser, Roy's People and Matthew Hampshire. 

Alma Haser teamed up with the Affordable Art Fair for a rather unique, and cute, project all about capturing images of our four-legged friends and Roy's People is an urban artist who uses miniature figures in amusing street scenarios, combining London streets with tiny still life scenes. Matthew Hampshire focuses more on decay and abandonment in his images as he travels all over Europe, seeking out abandoned places and decaying structures he can freeze in time with the help of his camera. ‚Äč


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