Marcus Summers

“With photography I love capturing life, one photo at a time…“

How did you get into photography? What were you, and what are you still today, searching and finding in this particular medium?

I got into photography at a young age when my father used to have his old film cameras and I used to take photos with them. With photography I love capturing life, one photo at a time… I have chosen architecture and portrait as my mediums as I have always loved portrait photography and the urban side of architecture.

Quite curiously your “urban” section is made up of abandoned buildings, majestically captured. What attracts you to these locations? What do you want the viewers to feel?

Abandoned buildings hold a special fascination with me, it always reminds me of an apocalyptic scene…. what would be left behind once humans have gone. Personally, I love to see when nature is reclaiming the land, and these buildings, back. I love finding out what is behind the doors that have been locked right for numerous years or what is hidden behind the “do not enter” signs. I would love the viewers to feel the sense of loss and forgottenness, and a sense of excitement to see what I have seen.

How do you find the abandoned locations you shoot? Are they hard to reach? Any suggestions?

Well, a lot of the ways to find abandoned buildings is by research on the internet, it holds an awful lot of detail if you just search. Also, word of mouth within the community is another great way.

In your series “Going Underground” you shoot the underground of London. What fascinates of this place? What are the aesthetics that you search? Tips for going underground??

Obviously, London holds a special place in my heart, being the capital city of my country.  Personally, I love London, I love the hustle and the bustle and the fact it never sleeps, even at 3/4am in the morning it’s still alive. London Underground has always been a place that I think is amazing…all the tunnel, decor, and symmetry. Capturing images here though isn’t easy, as your not allowed to, and normally have to buy a permit, but if you do it right and careful you can get some stunning images…

My biggest tip is to be always on the lookout for a security guard and also know your escape route, or the other best tip is to buy a permit 😉

You have recently started doing portraits and this has become your “favorite” type of photography. What are the most striking differences with your architectural photography? What are the issues and the opportunities that you find in the former that you don’t in the latter?

Well I’ve been shooting portraits now for about 2/3 years. It wasn’t a subject matter I found easy to get into as I’m quite a shy person at first…but shooting portraits has actually helped me overcome this a great deal now.  I do like to combine the beauty of the model with the abandonedness of a building… I think it is a complete contrast. The main differences in shooting a model in an abandoned building is safety. Normally you only have to think about your own safety in these buildings but as soon as you start taking models in them, you have to make sure they are 100% safe too. I have managed to shoot in some truly stunning buildings with models, and I thank every single one of them for being brave enough to do so…

A living artist you want to point to our readers? Why?

Wow this list could be endless, I’m always looking up to other artists. I find looking at others photography a form of pastime like others think reading a book is. But there are some stand out photographers that your readers should look up because their work is absolutely stunning: Jeremy Gibbs, Emmanuel Tecles, Damien Rose, Tabitha Boydell, Anjelica Hyde, Kathleen Guérisse.

Next and upcoming projects?

Well, next up for me is my third trip to Italy mainly for a holiday but there will be some urban exploring going on as well, then it will be Germany a bit later in the year.  On the portrait front I am in the process of planning my next project, so want to keep it under wraps for a while.

Credits: Marcus Summers

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