My hometown is like hot chocolate. I think I was always happy drinking hot chocolate. But I haven’t had it in a very long time.
This project began as a way to bring memories of my hometown to my 89‑year-old mother on her deathbed. Comforted by family and hospice, she was rarely awake, but, when she was, she was sharp and fully engaged, and the pictures spurred good conversations.
My mother died halfway through the project, and my pictures shifted – from documentary urban landscapes to poignant landscapes and interiors.
My images hold melancholy and nostalgia. Not despairing sorrow. Memories both vague and crisp. No longing to return. I miss my mother terribly – but the town is only a link, more distant now.
Mark Farber’s photographic work is about place, as inhabited or shaped by people. In portraying a place, he embraces a range of styles, including street, slower urban landscape, classic pictorial landscape, environmental portrait, panorama, and night. He works in collections, typically edited for book length, and finishes each project with a hand-made artist book.
Mark’s work has been exhibited in group and juried shows at the Davis Orton Gallery (NY), Griffin Museum of Photography (MA), Photographic Resource Center (MA), Provincetown Art Museum (MA), Plymouth Center for the Arts (MA), Chatham Creative Arts Center (MA), Fine Arts Work Center Gallery (MA), and the Perspective Gallery (IL). Online exhibits and publications include the Don’t Take Pictures website, PhotoPlace Gallery (VT), Cape Cod Art Association (MA), and Savoir Flair magazine.
He has studied at the New England School of Photography, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Griffin Museum of Photography, Photographic Resource Center, Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill.
Mark has spent more than 30 years in the energy business, primarily solar energy, and has degrees from Cornell University and MIT. He divides his time between Brookline and Truro, Massachusetts.
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