Mark Paul Thomas

Photography
Weather Crest
19752 Old Blueridge Road Bluemont, VA 20135
Snickers Gap, Stop #29

The Social Butterfly - An Art Portrait
The Social Butterfly - An Art Portrait

Artist Statement

My photographs are entirely “Analog”. They are taken on traditional 8X10 inch film with a wooden camera that was built in 1958 (Deardorff) and processed by hand in a “wet” darkroom, mostly using Pyro-Metol. They are then printed via an enlarger built in 1954 (Elwood) equipped with a customized variable light source. My printing papers are of the finest gelatin-silver available today, mostly produced in Europe. All images are processed through two fixes and then toned in selenium for both permanence as well as esthetics. They are then washed to archival specifications. If properly displayed or stored, these photographs are guaranteed to maintain their original appearance for life (or the life of the photographer). Long Live Analog!

All photographs are Black and White, taken primarily in the Eastern United States. Subject matter ranges from industrial to non-traditional suburban-rural landscape and semi-traditional urban-scape. Occasionally to include people, as spectators, as evidence or as witness, or even as impromptu portraits. One of the goals with these images is to capture the environment “we” currently live in. It is to make a historical recording of our present, but not falling into the mode of documentary. In doing so, I wish to capture our period, expose the flawed, as well as the beautiful, and being careful not to edit, such as to purposefully avoid graffiti or trash. Mine is not a crusade for just making “pretty pictures”. Instead, the intent is to expose the contrast of our environment, be it rural or urban, and its potential degradation or rejuvenation, and make no attempt to avoid man made structures or his intrusions, but rather include such, and marry them into the collective beauty and grace of a scene, all in the timeless abstract of black and white, using the methodical but incomparable 8X10 Large Format. These scenes, like the sites from everyday-life of decades ago, are subject to an inevitable transformation under the premise of “progress”.

Ice Tree - Mount Weather
Ice Tree - Mount Weather
Autumn Tree - Berryville VA
Autumn Tree - Berryville VA
Apple Harvest - Clarke County VA
Apple Harvest - Clarke County VA
RR Tracks - Mid-Night - Berryville VA
RR Tracks - Mid-Night - Berryville VA
Cottage At Raquette Lake
Cottage At Raquette Lake
Our Dream Came True - Lakeland FL
Our Dream Came True - Lakeland FL
Vinegar Storage Vats - Winchester VA
Vinegar Storage Vats - Winchester VA
Sea Coast - Maine
Sea Coast - Maine
(My) Elementary School Gym - Lewiston NY
(My) Elementary School Gym - Lewiston NY
Dark Room
Dark Room
One of Three Display Walls
One of Three Display Walls
Studio Exterior
Studio Exterior

Offering on tour: Portrait studio and gallery with items available for purchase. Dark room and framing/mounting assembly area tours.

Snickers Gap Stop #29

Directions to Weather Crest:

Heading west on Route 7 (Harry Byrd Hwy) make left on Blueridge Mountain Road (Route 601, near top of mountain). Drive 4.25 miles. The house is on the left with with studio entrance around the back.