The Angler Who Fell to Earth.
Photographs by Mark Mattock.
Self-Published, 2014. 84 pp., illustarted throughout, 8½x11½".
Signed copies available to order!
In his third book Mark Mattock has once again subtly connected a small piece of English landscape
he’s intimately familiar with to ideas well beyond its boundries without really venturing far from it;
inventing a perceptive work of landscape, culture and memory.
A surprising and initially disparate collection of images made in and relating to this particular space has
been tightly bound together to be possibly re-imagined as a single work. A playfully eclectic mash of visual lyricism intertwines, of all things, a fishing commute with an ‘other worldy’ arrival!
Layered and loaded it delights with every realisation or recognition and which for some will
include the referential and nostalgic homage to, one suspects, a significant early influence.
The idea that a photobook has much of the creative potential of a song is fundemental to Mattock’s work
who commonly speaks of making images in terms of making music: “if you consider it in this context
it makes almost instinctive sense; the physical attributes of the combined images being the sound: music,
melody, beat. Each image, a sentence, a line of lyrics. You have composed something that can also express,
describe, inform, imagine, tell a story, be a message - personal, universal; unconstrained by photography’s
documentary straight jacket. You don’t have to believe it all literally first. Nothing evokes more
powerfully than favourite records; paradoxically photography fails to do this anywhere near as effectively.
More and more my books emerge out of photo jamming sessions; visual riffs and sentences slowly build up
into something you can then run with”.
Its foil-stamped 70’s nail polish coloured type on the cover should have clearly dispelled any notion it
was going to be solely an angling book!