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Mark Davidson

I’M NOT STANDING BY, TO WATCH YOU SLOWLY DIE

Melbourne’s central business district is made up of a grid of laneways and dark corners. It can be a dark and drab city—it is a lively city but one that dips, from a visual standpoint, into greyscale. Its residents predominantly dress in head-to-toe black and populate buildings that are grey, sandstone and steel. In Melbourne the light can be quite harsh, rather than soft and glowing like it is in other Australian cities.
In this «I’m Not Standing By, To Watch You Slowly Die» series, the photographer attempted to cut through the dark by finding pops of colour among the shadows and shades on the streets. It was not a matter of black and white anymore—the intention is to refocus the eye, both the photographer’s and the viewer’s, and going in search for a little splash of colour. Playing hide and seek in the dark has never been more satisfying.

THE PHOTOGRAPHER

Mark Davidson starts work early. Employee as a breakfast radio producer, his day begins at 2 am. But waking up when everyone else is still asleep has its advantages. Jumping out of bed in the middle of the night means that Mark’s working day is over by mid-morning, and allows him to shoot street photography on his walk home. He has been shooting street photography for 18 months, having fallen in love with photography while taking pictures of his travels. He shoots in the streets and alleys of Melbourne, Australia, always searching for the light and shadow, and has a keen interest in documentary photography as well.
In 2020, Mark came runner-up in the Australian Photography Awards (travel/street) and runner-up in the Mono Awards. His work has also been featured in street photography exhibitions in Melbourne.

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