Mark Darragh

Exhibition: Relicts: Exploring the Flora of Gondwana

With an educational background in ecology and environmental science Mark Darragh’s photographic work reflects a life-long interest in natural history. Focusing on the temperate forests and alpine ecosystems of the Pacific Rim, Darragh documents change, both as a result of human impact and natural causes, in the natural environment.  He began working with large format film cameras in 1998 and since 2003 has specialised in working with 4×5″ and 8×10″ film, mostly in colour, but in recent years returning to shooting monochrome.

Darragh’s colour work in particular can be described as coming from a purist perspective, with the intention of presenting the natural landscape unaffected, without excessive manipulation. His goal to create a photograph that faithfully records the subject and, in turn, to produce a print which conveys a true sense of light, time and place.