Citret has always been intrigued by the everyday wonders
of the visual world. The sense of expansive awareness
that for Citret is a prerequisite to photography enables
him to capture the small everyday flashes of insight that
come when we are open to them and often go before we can
fully grasp or appreciate them. Sights that most of us
tend not to notice—a weathered phone book, an empty bulletin
board, a twisted chain link fence—seem full of meaning,
made spectacular and somehow poignant through his eye.
Citret’s images are a sort of meditation in seeing; though
they rarely contain human forms, they are powerful testaments
to the relationship between human presence and transitory
nature. Fascinated from his earliest work with the delicate
nuances possible in black and white, his work with vellum
paper allows him to convey the ideas of softer ranges
in his work. Luminous and warm, the vellums heighten the
sense of everyday epiphany found in his images.
am touched by the reverence with which Mark’s eyes approach
the world before him, the tenderness with which he sees
subtle simple beauty that is nearly invisible to, and
most often ignored by, passersby.
He discovers almost hidden secrets, things that existed
at a particular moment, fleetingly and only for him. The
meaning too was apparent only for him and the intensity
of his feeling. Few ever observe and make such minute
and meaningful connections between light and ever so transitory
revelations. Mark Citret walks lightly over this earth
but sees so much."
~ Ruth Bernhard, from the introduction to Along