This portrait was the result of taking on the challenge to produce my daughter Dahlia’s first passport photo. This was particularly difficult as she was only 7 weeks old. I was motivated by the series of specific constraints: no smiling, mouth closed, looking directly into the camera, neutral background, and no shadows. The photograph was taken just after her afternoon nap. The photo was accepted by the passport agency.
Mark McEvoy is an artist with a documentary approach that is intuitive and visceral, using photography, video, sound and the written word to investigate and archive life experience. Throughout the 1990s he worked as a freelance photographer, traveling extensively throughout India and South East Asia as well as working closer to home in the UK to produce photo essays for The Independent Saturday and Sunday supplements. Always quick to embrace digital technology, he completed an MA in Design for Interactive Media in 2002. Since then he has been exploring multimedia through digital-photo narrative, video/sound installation and experimentation with traditional and digital processes. His practice is informed by identifying new techniques and idioms, reflecting a pluralistic society. Central to his work is the assimilation of individual ideas that merge and reconfigure to enable the expression of a unique narrative. He is a part time photography degree lecturer at Middlesex University.