Confined Spaces: London photographer Mark Holyoake’s latest collection revealed.

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Mark Holyoake, photographer, is displaying a collection of striking and dramatic urban images at the Aubair Gallery in West London.

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Ducks on a London waterway

The exhibition is multi-layered in the sense that each image will mean something to the viewer, depending on where they are from.

A collection of striking and dramatic urban images are to be displayed at the Aubair Gallery in West London.

Following on from an eventful year in the UK’s capital city, photographer Mark Holyoake has been capturing the essence of London through a variety of shots. 'Combined Spaces' by Mark Holyoake is a collection of images which blend together the strength of the city with the physical strength of man. This is Mark Holyoake’s latest collection the concept of which was to merge the idealistic beauty of strength, durability, power, energy, and robustness of man, and juxtaposed with shots of London that signify growth, hardship, endurance, and resilience.

The exhibition is multi-layered in the sense that each image will mean something to the viewer, depending on where they are from. Holyoake wanted to capture the essence of our society and its silos: "we're all living within our own confined spaces, however someone may see one of these shots and it evoke such a reaction that they have a sudden and strong outburst of emotion on the spot; whereas someone different looking at the same image may get its literal message, but won't understand the underlying story behind the bricks and mortar they see before them". Some of the photographs in this recent collection by Holyoake may not seem like much to a non-native Londoner, but in fact what they signify is strength of man like no other. Some of these images include buildings damaged in the 7/7 attacks, the physical scars of that day still present, but the new life of man and structure still strong.

‘Confined Spaces’ is the opening show as part of the year long ‘London TOES’ exhibition, which is being held at the Aubair Gallery throughout 2013. Many local artists are taking part in showcasing their collections of London images.

Mark Holyoake is also an independent fitness instructor so it is inevitable that his work crosses over as he stretches the boundaries of man vs. man-made. ‘Confined Spaces’ are taken from the perspective of both the buildings, and the influencer within the shots. Holyoake was heavily influenced by the London 2012 Olympic Games for his latest collection. With an underlying sports theme throughout, Mark has been able to combine iconic London landmarks and events from 2012 without either overshadowing the other; creating a striking, yet beautiful composition which has been strategically put together to evoke strong emotion from the viewer.

The six week long show is due to commence on Wednesday January 2nd and will close on February 13th with a grand finale ‘Love’ themed auction of all the prints that have been on display during the exhibition.

The Aubair Gallery is a small independently owned photographic gallery based in Richmond-Upon-Thames. Now entering its 30th year in business, this is the largest exhibition to be hosted at the gallery, with 4 full-time curators overseeing the different seasons of the ‘London TOES (Through Our Eyes)’ exhibition.

Mark Holyoake is an independent fitness instructor and part-time photographer living in Shoreditch. He’s been a prominent artist within the London area for 20 years and ‘Confined Spaces’ marks the 18th anniversary of his first exhibition. Using London as his muse, Mark Holyoake uses photography to showcase all the things he loves and loathes about the city, usually entwining them into a single captivating image.

Mark Holyoake Exhibition: Confined Spaces
From 2nd January until 13th February 2013
Main Hall, Aubair Gallery, London
Admission Free

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