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"I was bought up in the literary worlds of Tolkien, Grimm and Stephen King to name but a few. The realms of Fangorn and Lothlorien, the stories of the Black Forest and the unending wooded landscape of northern Maine spoke to me of vast, secret domains, dark, dangerous and forbidding, of old school fairytale dark.

As a grown man, it came as a shock to realise the landscapes that featured so heavily in those stories from my childhood were not make-believe after all but all around us.

Somewhere in even the smallest wood there is a spot where the world of fairy breaks through into our own. 

You may only be yards from a road but close your eyes and listen.  If you’re lucky you will hear the hoot of one of John Ronald Reuel’s Ents, if you’re unlucky, that quiet breathing in your ear is a Lovecraftian demon behind you…

I guess I’m still in touch with my inner child, the one that remembers the thrill of being scared by the monsters in the closet and the creature under the bed. 

Because, to be adult does not mean to bury imagination, to forget those stories that now define us but to embrace them and accept they are a part of what makes us individual and helps us to forge our own path through the deep dark wood."


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born in norfolk in 1971 and raised in a creative environment, marcus scott has been interested in visual art & design for a number of years. currently employed as a drawing office manager, his past jobs include cad operator, motorsport livery designer, freelance website designer and technical illustrator. in july 2004 whilst looking for a new outlet to express himself, marcus spent his work bonus on his first ‘proper’ camera, an olympus om40. enrolling on a level 2 city & guilds evening course and passing each module with distinctions saw marcus’s work evolve from shop processed colour ‘snaps’ to hand-printed black & white images.

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bowing to the inevitable, marcus now shoots digital with an olympus omd em1 but, utilising a traditional approach with minimal post-processing, marcus’s images have a darker edge not often seen in digital photography. 

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