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When I photograph, be it buildings, landscapes or people, I am interested in uncovering a subtext in the subject that tells a story. The prints are my medium for retelling those stories. In my first book, Duotones, Color and Transformations, I presented a cross-section of work which addressed this approach in broad terms, primarily through the images themselves.

By 2008, however, I was looking more closely at the reason why I take photographs. I felt that duotones and color were not letting me express my ideas adequately. In the quest to create more evocative images, I developed a digital processing technique, which I called 'polychrome.' The resulting prints seemed to describe a space somewhere between reality and the abstraction of photography, and this intermediate reality was perfect for retelling stories. The first prints were embodied in "Legacies in Stone: Polychrome Series I" which has been exhibited in Berkeley, Albuquerque and Notre Dame.

In "Polychromes," I offer the ideas behind the process along with an annotated presentation of the complete "Legacies in Stone" series. In addition, I have included images from "Venice: City of the Sea - Polychrome Series II," a work in progress.

As always, I hope that in looking at my work you will discover the stories I seek out and, perhaps, other stories, as well.

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About the Author

Mark Forte
lightscribe New Mexico

I began writing, because I was attracted to picture books and their unique way of transforming static words into fascinating, colorful worlds. At the time, I was working in architecture, which offered the dream of creating worlds, but on a more restricted scale.

All along I took photographs as a way of studying architecture, often focusing on the evocative and romantic qualities of my subjects. The textured stonework of a castle or the faded dignity of a crumbling ancient wall seemed like well-worn palimpsests daring me to uncover their secret stories. After many years, I realized that the story, not the architecture, was my real interest.

Both my photography and my writing, often inspired by architecture, allow me to create new worlds through light and words. I invite you now to enter the space of my words and photographs, to discover and explore new worlds.

Perhaps, I am creating architecture, after all.

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