Mark Pearson (b. 1972) is a Scottish photographer whose work explores some of the consequences of tightening borders and heightened nationalism. The Israeli security barrier is an exemplification of what happens when two systems collide on a contested border. By drawing upon his own memories, photographs and diaries he reinterprets those to create a contemporary visual narrative in his practice. Mark has been contracted to operate in the immediate aftermath of disasters and conflict environments on every continent on earth, from the Asian tsunami in 2004 to the recent conflicts in Libya, Somalia and Afghanistan.
A few weeks after Operation Cast Lead, 2009, I went to the Gaza Strip to spend six weeks documenting the consequences of a war, I never wanted to look back at the images, they had been compartmentalised. I recently began to re-evaluate them and some of the images started to jump out at me. So I began to experiment with photochemistry techniques using images from Gaza. During the chemical processes, the paper that the photographs were being printed out on started to become physically
distressed and fragile, almost like they had been rescued from a disaster. They started to become physical objects with their own personal narrative.