Opening night at 1650 Gallery

Cross Johnson, the model in one of the photo on exhibit. Copyright Mark Stout

Cross Johnson, the model in one of the photo on exhibit. Copyright Mark Stout

The opening night reception at 1650 Gallery for the “Dudes, Bros and Gentlemen” show was a delight.  Every detail was perfectly attended to, the work was splendid and it was great to re-connect with old friends and meet wonderful new ones.  It was an honor to have two of my works included in the collection.

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Join Me at 1650 Gallery

Cigarette and Beer - copyright Mark Stout all rights reserved.  Featuring Chace Johnson

Cigarette and Beer – copyright Mark Stout all rights reserved. Featuring Chace Johnson

I’m thrilled to announce that two of my works have been selected to be part of a show entitled “Dudes, Bros and Gentlemen” opening at 1650 Gallery in Los Angeles on January 16th.  The work features two of the best models I have worked with, Chace Johnson (“Cigarette and Beer”) and Raffi Cote (“After the Fight”).

I would be honored if you would attend.  Please come.  And please share this post to let others know.

Juried Photography Exhibition
DUDES, BROS & GENTLEMEN: The Man Show

OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION
SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 2016
7:30 – 10:30pm
1650 Studio & Gallery, Echo Park
1650 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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"After the Fight" copyright Mark Stout.  Fine art photography featuring Raffi Cote.

“After the Fight” copyright Mark Stout. Fine art photography featuring Raffi Cote.

Fine art photography selected for inclusion in curated collection at Saatchi Art

Where I would rather be, fine art photography included in curated collection at Saatchi Art.  Copyright Mark Stout

Where I would rather be, fine art photography included in curated collection at Saatchi Art. Copyright Mark Stout

It was such a pleasant surprise to be reading my email this morning and learn that one of my fine art photography pieces entitled “Where I would rather be” has been selected by Jessica McQueen, curator at Saatchi Art, to be included in a curated collection entitled “Surreal Photography – Limited Editions”. Continue reading

Where I’d Rather Be

I think reality could be defined as those things which we all agree exist… that none of us much care for.

Yet each of us has within us the ability to create our own world… and if we are good enough at it, those things quite often become reality.

It is in that spirit this new work was created.  “Where I’d Rather Be” of a young man in love  transported to a moment where things are just as he wishes.  It is currently available as a fine art print through Saatchi Art by clicking the image, or by contacting me directly..

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Where I’d Rather Be, a fine art photo by Mark Stout, copyright 2015 Mark Stout, all rights reserved

The Prison of Desire

While it may not be immediately apparent, it is often our own passions and desires that lead us into the prisons with which we find ourselves confined.  Ironically, the stronger the desire, the more formidable the walls of the trap.  At first glance this may seem untrue, but examine it.

“Prison of Desire” is a work conceived to encourage us to look as this aspect of our lives, and examine the premises by which we can convert our dreams and ambitions to reality… without becoming enslaved by them.

Provocative color portrait of a sensual young man in a prison. Limited edition fine art print in both black and white and color versions. High resolution and quality file can be printed at sizes up to 4 times listed dimensions. 50 copies will be sold.  It is currently available through Saatchi Art, and will also be available through my Private Collection website soon.

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Prison of Desire, fine art photography by Mark Stout, copyright Mark Stout, all rights reserved

Work featured in Contemporary Art Magazine

I’m going to ramble for a bit here first…

I’ve been doing a bit of an about face in life as of late.  Realizing that many things are different than how I have perceived them to be.  One example is that I have never perceived myself as being famous.  But a singer I will be photographing in a week happened to tell me the reaction he got from the local paper when he told them “his photographer” (aka, me) was going to be there.  They definitely knew who I was.  I looked back at just how often that has happened.  In fact most any time I introduce myself to someone the response is “I’ve heard of you” or “I’ve seen your work.”  So perhaps I’m just a bit more famous than I thought.

The next deals with when I had to write the artist’s statement to go with this work at Saatchi Art.  What is wanted is the meaning, the motivation behind the work.  I always think there isn’t one, that I just wanted to create something beautiful and there was nothing more to it than that.  Working on it I realized just how deep the motivation runs, how passionate I am about my work, and how much it matters to me.  In fact, I am deeply offended by crappy photography that lacks such values.

So, here is the artist’s statement that goes with this work at Saatchi… the piece that was featured in Contemporary Art Magazine:

We live in different worlds. There is the world that we all share, and the world each of us holds to ourselves. It is our own personal world, one that we hold dear. We often protect it from the harsh realities and criticisms of the “real” world. This private world of the individual has always drawn me to it.

It is our dreams, ambitions, secret desires, and, yes, our fears. It is what we don’t let others see. It is ourselves. And that is the thing I always seek to bring forth and capture in my work.

This series is held together by one thread… how clearly you can see the world he is in during the moment is his own.

It was in writing this I realized how often, and in how many different situations I seek out that personal world of the subject, often with the subject completely unaware of that fact. An example of this was when I photographed Mario Domínguez beside his formula car, deep in thought, the evening before the Grand Prix race.  It was in that moment you could see all of the mental effort required to overcome the fear, doubt and anticipation of what was to occur on the track.  It was my favorite photo of the 5 day event.

The title of this work is “Moment Alone”

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Moment Alone, a fine art photo, copyright Mark Stout, All rights reserved

After… A new fine art photographic series on display with Saatchi Art

Here are a couple of photos from a series I did entitled “After…”  I’ll let you fill in the ellipsis.  There are five variations in this series, each of which is being sold as a limited edition fine art print.  The posted size of the image is 20 x 13.5 but prints can easily be many times that size due to the high quality of the original file.  More information on the images and the meaning behind them is available at Saatchi.  Click the images to view them there.

 

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After… a fine art photo, copyright Mark Stout

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After… Black and White fine art photography, copyright Mark Stout

“Masquerade” – Fine Art Fashion Photography

I remember from my twenties a song by George Benson called Masquerade.  I related to it in a very powerful way, feeling that my life was indeed a masquarade with false fronts to prevent the world from ever knowing… and hurting… the real me.

As an artist I had to learn to let myself out, otherwise the work I created fell flat.  It took guts and it hurt… hurt bad… at times.  Then I learned that the things I thought I was weren’t me at all and that the real me was a guy I kind of liked.

I also learned something else.  I wasn’t the only one guilty of carrying on a masquerade.  In fact we would be hard pressed to find someone who isn’t.

And it is in that spirit this image was created.  It is currently in the Saatchi Art collection.

Featuring Chace Johnson.

 

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Masquerade, a fine art photo, copyright Mark Stout