Artist hopes to inspire students with Carlson Gallery show.
Marc Malin’s “Phenomenal Consciousness” photography exhibit will be showing now through April 9 at the Irene Carlson Gallery.
Malin’s selected the concept of nature to focus on in his latest exhibit.
“Nature is my church, my temple,” he said.
The images of his exhibit take the viewers on an enchanted walk through some of natures’ most beautiful landscapes.
From Massachusetts to Arizona, Malin’s art allows people to experience his view of nature.
“The images have more of a graphic, almost illustration feel than a photograph,” said Alaina Sharpshair, a second year Chaffey College photography student.
The development of the images is a long and tedious process that Malin has worked on for years.
He said the 19th century photographers like Henry Fox Talbot inspired him.
“I love the feel of those images,” Malin said.
The journey of the Malin process consists of shooting with infrared film. Malin then uses graphic arts mask to cover areas of the images he does not want to tone; then he will submerse the image in a toner or a combination of toners. Finally he peels off the masked areas to reveal his one of a kind creation.
“The process of toning completely changes the feeling the photo gives,” Sharpshair said.
Sharpshair truly was in awe of the exhibit and she plans to experiment with Malin’s development process.
“Marc is a unique and interesting artist,” said Gary Colby, the professor of photography at University of La Verne.
Malin’s work allows people to see things differently and come to their own truths, Colby said.
This semester, 450 University of La Verne photography students will experiment with development processes similar to Malin’s.
Colby said he hopes the “Phenomenal Consciousness” exhibit will inspire some students or just encourage some to begin to deconstruct the images and come to their own understanding of them.
“With any art you want to engage the viewer,” Malin said.
The images of the “Phenomenal Consciousness” exhibit are not just taken on the beaten path, you have to go out and explore, Malin said.
He also said exploring nature is the part that creates new exciting experiences to enjoy and capture. Infrared film has been instrumental in the development process created by Malin. The film helps to give his images their unique look.
“The infrared captures a spectrum we cannot see personally,” Colby said.
Malin gives people a chance to see into new regions and possibly change the course of history with the content, Colby said. Unfortunately, Kodak no longer makes Malin’s film of choice. This was a minor obstacle for him because he lives for exploration into uncharted territories.
“Now, I have to adapt to the digital age,” Malin said.
About three years ago he purchased a Fuji infrared digital camera, so he can continue his journey into the digital age, while maintaining his distinctive style. Malin said the digital images are not the same quality as his infrared film prints, but he is discovering ways to enhance them.
“I’m having experiences in nature and that is what gets documented,” Malin said.
It is an ongoing process and a constant exploration of nature for Malin. He hopes to continue to create new work and add to his current projects.
For more information, visit www.marcmalinphoto.com.
Rachel Smith can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.