Markn Ogue is a London based image maker who dabbles in documenting romance. His latest project highlights relationships through still photos and filmed interviews. Ogue’s work is designed to spark curiosity and express the constant dualities in life.
What is the responsibility of a photographer to their audience?
Just because photography is more and more accessible to the masses doesn’t necessary mean people are becoming more and more visually literate. I think the responsibility of the photographer is to really try and explore the world around them with depth and to understand others….and in turn I hope these photographers’ work will help us all become more visually literate. Surely through this and the desire to understand the world we live in, we will have more compassion towards others and the environment we live in.
What motivates you to continue with photography?
It’s really about curiosity for me. Curiosity to understand the world around us and our place within it.
What has been the hardest lesson you’ve learned as a photographer?
I think as a photographer you choose to pursue the subjects and people you are intrigued by and that doesn’t necessary mean a comfortable life in terms of monetary value or validation from people. Sometimes doing things purely because you believe in them can be tough as societal pressure tends to push everyone towards conventional means of validation.
If you could return to any era and photograph, where would you go?
Perhaps when photography was first invented in the late 19th century. I would have loved to have seen people’s amazement when showing them a still image. People would have looked at me as though I’d just created some kind of magic by freezing time. It feels so far from how we experience imagery today since we’re so conscious of our own image.