We’re often drawn to the flamboyant, bright colors. Big expressions and odd angles are often what we define as “good” photography. Then, there are artists like Nathan Cyprys. His photos are gloomy. There’s a stillness to every photograph whether it’s a landscape shot or a portrait of a person and there is an unmistakable coldness that comes across louder than the most vibrant of photographs.

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In art, the term “mark-making” refers to the different lines, patterns, and textures created. For painters, it aligns with the strokes of their paintbrush and it can be as simple as creating a line with a pen. Mark making can be used as a voice because it aids in depicting the artist’s tone without words. Artists can create sharp abrupt lines to channel stoic energy, or flowing curved edges for a more whimsical appeal. Artist, Tariku Shiferaw, used mark-making as inspiration for his successful 2017 exhibition One of These Black Boys.”

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