Meet the maker


BOY IN PARK is the culmination of several thousand miles of driving and two peoples search, through the countries of Europe, for beer, vegetarian food, and free stuff to do.

During our travels we have often felt that the most interesting places and things were not always the ones with the longest queues and the highest entry prices. We got more satisfaction from finding those things that didn’t appear in the tourist guide, a good beer, a quirky building, a statue of a boy in a park.

The work here is a reflection of that experience and hopefully gives a small insight into the place and moment in which it was conceived, a concentrated view without the distractions of a wider context. We hope they will provoke discussion, interest, and a desire to travel beyond the pages of a guide book.

PHOTOGRAPHIC ART: We (Emma and Mark) live in Oxford, England. Our work is inspired by travel, politics, culture, and art. Although we don’t plan the images we take in detail, they would not be possible without the huge amount of planning that goes into our road trips.

We do not believe in non-essential air travel and this has a great influence on our work. Arriving by road or rail affects our first impressions of a place and the journey there becomes a far greater part of the overall experience. Vegetarianism and an ethical approach to what we buy and do means planning that bit harder to find a decent meal, and an obsessive interest in traditional beers pushes us to seek out bars and breweries further from the tourist trail.

We both take photographs whilst travelling and often work together to edit the images, although some pieces are the sole work of just one of us. We digitally manipulate some of our work to communicate our experiences of a place, rather than seeking to provide an accurate photographic reproduction.

CONTEMPORARY ART: Mark’s Contemporary Art is an extension of the inspirations behind our photographic art. His artistic style is influenced by graphic novels, Surrealism, Precisionism, American Hardcore Punk music, Constructivist and Bauhaus architecture, and hard-boiled fiction. He tries to bring these elements into his art to communicate his own understanding of the places he encounters during our travels. Mark works in oils, acrylic, and ink on canvas, board, and paper.

Please feel free to follow us on Facebook (search for Boy in Park) and Twitter (@boyinpark)

Oh and we also run another Folksy shop called Gold Star Bear.


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