Beginnings

Street Art Amsterdam 2010

Today I thought I’d talk about how I got started. I was 17 and growing up in a rough part of town, drifting a bit, when I came across an ad to join a Youth Theater. I decided to give it a go and found myself in a rather spectacular project being run by someone who turned out to be quite a visionary, though I was too young at the time to really understand that. His vision was to not just give young people in deprived areas a chance at a life in performance but also an experience of the whole spectrum. I was very introverted and was relieved to find that I didn’t have to perform on stage (though I did a few times) but that I could be involved in the behind the scenes work. During my time with them I was involved in set construction, lighting design,rigging and operation and recording rehearsals either with video or still photography. I had access to my first 35mm camera and the guy I worked with was studying photography at UCL so he really knew what photography was about compared to me. I learned about framing and composition, how to develop and expose my own prints, I was hooked!

So where does the graffiti come in? My fellow photographer was obsessed with photographing it, he had made contacts with local graff artists and he would record their pieces. We would spend afternoons going through his many books on pieces it was fantastic and gave me a real appreciation for the work and imagination of the artists. People don’t often get to see the work that goes into the pieces that get created often they just see the tags ( a name scribbled on a wall ) and think that is all there is to it, but there are some really talented people out there with something to say about what is going in the world for them, I as a young person found it inspiring. I wasn’t in any way attracted to the idea of doing it myself but I did become interested in recording it with my friend and when there were events or spaces where artists got together to do a piece I would tag along and take some stills. Now a days a lot has changed in the world of street art, we have people who sticker, stencil, tile and those who still graff and I still love to wander around and see whats out there. It’s a fascinating arena full of some really exciting and gutsy people some of whom want to communicate something meaningful about their experience and their environment. I don’t hang out with graffiti artists anymore but I do still love to photograph their work when I come across it.

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About Oskar Marchock

Oskar Marchock is a Photographer and IT Professional He photographs events, weddings as well as wandering round the world and capturing moments never to be repeated. He believes it is important to treat each engagement with sensitivity and especially when photographing people to give them space and time to be comfortable with the camera around them so that taking photographs is not intrusive. It is important to him to allow there to be a relationship between the photographer and subject and it is the exploration of this relationship and the creating of images that ‘speak’ to the viewer that feeds his passion for this discipline. In the world of IT he has spent the last 12 years working in the background building systems and networks to for large corporations. Now striking out on his own he seeks to take his knowledge and skills to smaller companies and charities to help them to leverage the power of mobile solutions available so that they can focus on what they do best and not get bogged down in technology. If you are interested in contacting Oskar for either of the services he offers you can email him at: oskar@digitaloskar.co.uk View all posts by Oskar Marchock

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