This series has won third place in the Visions International Photography Awards contest. Judged by international highly commended photographers like Julia Anna Gospodarou, Carmine Chiriaco, Karim Bouchareb and many others.
The series is dedicated to the objects you can find around the Markermeer (Markerlake) in the Netherlands. The Markerlake is named after the former island of Marken in the southwest area of the lake, which today is a peninsula connected to the hinterland.
If you are at the lake you can find silence, emptiness and peace. Especially on cloudy and foggy days. That's the series is about, the isolated objects in their peaceful environment. All images have been taken with a long exposure effect creating a soft canvas of water and sky. It removes details so the object becomes the main subject. The images have been processed in a very advanced way to black and white according to the zoning system of Ansel Adams. This technique requires vision and patience to get the silver and beautiful tones in an image. It's recommended to print this on aluminum, it gives the enrichment of tones and depth of the images.
Marco Maljaars lives in the municipality of Velsen the Netherlands. Near the coast and close to the lakes. He has always been photographing since his childhood, first with an Olympus analog camera and now digitally.
There has always been an interest in long exposures. It fascinates him enormously how everything fades and a different world arises. His work focuses on stillness, tranquility and serenity Which is expressed in black and white where the long exposure is most of the times used. The black and white images are post processed according the Zone System by Ansel Adams. Generating subtle high quality black and white.
Marco is internationally awarded. He was finalist with the 2022 Siena Awards and 2023 Siena Creative Awards. He won first and second prizes amongst others with the IPA, Minimalism Awards, FAPA and ND Awards. His work “Amsterdam Canal Mirrors’ was used as a book cover and his work is published in several magazines.