Mark Ruwedel in Ouarzazate – An artistic capture of ruins
Mark Ruwedel – Ouarzazate

Mark Ruwedel – Ouarzazate

Published: January 16, 2020 - Last Updated on January 22, 2020

Introduction

Artists find inspiration for their creations from different places. Some find it in the unlikeliest of places. Others rely on ordinary subjects to get motivation for ideas that help them to create their works. Mark Ruwedel offers a perfect example of this. In his series Ouarzazate, Ruwedel gives the world a glimpse into a small Moroccan city. What is so special about the city to convince Ruwedel to transform it into an artwork that many have grown to love?

Mark Ruwedel – Ouarzazate

Mark Ruwedel – Ouarzazate

Mark Ruwedel – Ouarzazate

Mark Ruwedel – Ouarzazate

What is Ouarzazate?

The Moroccan city of Ouarzazate is famed for its collection of movie studios. Other than that, its filming locations have attracted some of the best-known Hollywood actors too. An example of this is Lawrence of Arabia and David Leary. Those two aren’t the only ones to have made the city famous, though. Without the following, Ruwedel might have never felt inspired to embark on his creation: Cleopatra, The Garden of Eden, The Mummy, The Last Temptation of Christ, The Sheltering Sky and The Hills Have Eyes.

Mark Ruwedel – Ouarzazate

Mark Ruwedel – Ouarzazate

Mark Ruwedel – Ouarzazate

Mark Ruwedel – Ouarzazate

How did Ruwedel get to Ouarzazate?

In 2014 and 2016, he found himself in the city to answer an invitation from the American Friends of the Marrakech Museum for Photography and the Visual Arts. He responded affirmatively to the invitation to propose a project worth his artistic residency in the city. Ruwedel opted to use this opportunity to take photos of different movie sets. He decided to take pictures of movie sets that were either abandoned or continuously repurposed.

Video: Mark Ruwedel in Ouarzazate

14 min 22 sec

An artistic capture of ruins

Worldwide, artists have made a name for themselves, capturing images of various ruins. In this case, Ruwedel is not any different. In Ouarzazate, he displays his skills and shows us the beauty of contemporary ruins. Ouarzazate is part of the landscape photography that Ruwedel specializes in. This series, and others from his portfolio, is similar to the 19th Century photography in which Europeans captured images of Egypt and the Middle East.

Mark Ruwedel – Ouarzazate

Mark Ruwedel – Ouarzazate

Mark Ruwedel – Ouarzazate

Mark Ruwedel – Ouarzazate

Conclusion

Ruwedel’s Ouarzazate is transcendental. It is not full of the nothingness that you might see the first time you view the creation. Over the years, Ruwedel has excelled at applying a minimalist approach in his photography. His works require plenty of thinking to understand the different attributes of the subject that he wants to bring out. Ouarzazate is part of the collection of stark photographs that have made Ruwedel a photographer of great repute.

Mark Ruwedel – Ouarzazate

Mark Ruwedel – Ouarzazate

Mark Ruwedel – Ouarzazate

Mark Ruwedel – Ouarzazate

All images: Mark Ruwedel unless otherwise noted.

 

More

Related works
Discover more ..

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


*


I accept the Privacy Policy

Stay in touch

We would love to keep the conversation going.

Please join us on Pinterest, YouTube or Instagram.

Want inspiration in your inbox?