In 1991 I was attending a conference in Krakow, Poland when I visited an exhibition of the painter Gustav Klimpt. Many of the works on display were from Klimpt’s so called Golden Phase, but some pencil studies from earlier in his career were also on display.

There were two things that surprised me about his work, the first was the large size of the paintings (The Kiss is nearly 2 meters square) and the second was how beautiful some of the pencil studies were.

All I had seen of Klimpt’s work prior to the exhibition were reproductions of paintings such as The Kiss and it had never occurred to me that the artist could produce such accurate pencil studies. Those studies appeared so small and insignificant compared to the large golden paintings next to them but the reality is that they were an

essential part of the artists development. To be able to produce the paintings Klimpt is famous for he was firstly a skilled artist and only later developed that style of painting (The Kiss was painted only 10 years before he died).

It would be another 14 years before I picked up my first camera, but the realisation of the importance of those pencil studies has had a lasting effect and has formed the core aspiration of my photographic work; to be able make beautiful and accurate studies of the landscape using a camera. I believe it’s vital to be able to produce such work before developing any significant style of photographic picture making. Therefore I have concentrated on the fundamentals of composition, the use of natural light and ideal exposure.


Whilst I do not associate a great deal of importance with the brand of camera equipment, I do appreciate the interest other photographers have in the equipment used to produce a picture. I am currently using a Nikon DSLR camera system. If I had chosen a Canon 300D instead of a Nikon D70 when I first started photography I would probably be using a

Canon DSLR camera system. As well as Nikon cameras and lenses I also use Lee filters and Gitzo tripods.

Post processing of images is done using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop and Nik Silver Efex and Color Efex.


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The name siark is the coalescence of my wife's name, Sian, and my name, Mark. The 'si' of siark is therefore pronounced 'sh'.