"Each image in the '60 Seconds” series was exposed by natural light coming through my New York studio windows in near complete darkness. Not direct light, with the exception of the rare occasion moonlight, but the ambience of New York City. As is always the case, while working with the M-P (Typ 240), I set the camera at A and at F1 to see what the camera has to say. From there, I set my own parameters. On this occasion, the maximum time that the M-P 240 is capable of was 60 seconds under these extremely low light conditions. The first exposure and all subsequent exposures are at F1 at 60 seconds at base ISO 200. During each 60 second exposure, I take maybe twelve to fifteen breaths and my heart beats maybe fifty to fifty-five times. This 60 seconds has a physiological and emotional component that takes into account my status on any given night as these photographs were taken over an eight month period. The 60 seconds handheld exposure was for me, charting new physiological and photographic territory." - Mark dePaola
Mark de Paola is a fine art photographer and director based in New York City whose very first assignment was to photograph a cover image of actor Henry Fonda. His career then took off with countless campaigns including Gucci, Brioni, and MAC Cosmetics as well as editorials and covers for various publications, including Vogue Mexico and Vogue Spain. Eventually his storytelling translated to motion and television work going on to direct nearly seven hundred spots including Anheuser-Busch for the Superbowl, Ducati, Sephora, Donna Karan, Giorgio Perfume (exhibited in MoMA New York), Ford Motorsports, and Sony. Most recently, his fine art photographic series, “60 Seconds”, was exhibited at Leica Gallery San Francisco and will be exhibited this summer at the Leica Gallery Los Angeles June 16th through July 18th, 2016. The show will go on to travel in select cities around the world. “60 Seconds” delves into a realm of abstract figures, fluidity, and poetic forms, challenging and seducing the limits of motion contained within still image. With each photograph taken handheld with a 60 second exposure, Mark has discovered the connection between his physiological make up, the Leica camera as a tool, and time, the unflinching competitor to the timeless image. De Paola continues to work with select clients combining his artistic sensibility. One of his most recent works is the “Art of Backstage” collaboration with Aveda during New York Fashion Weeks that was featured on Leica Camera USA as well as many print publications. Producing and directing multiple upcoming feature films, including Proof Film, as well as producing his own fine art portfolios, de Paola melds the crossroads between both fine art and commercial aesthetic.
Mark dePaola - Mark dePaola "60 Seconds"
- 16/06/2016 - 18/07/2016
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