Mark Mattock - Spring in the Temple of Plastic Pillars

Landscape photographer and Hole & Corner contributor Mark Mattock has combined a day job working as a designer for influential style magazines and fashion brands with a life-long fascination with nature and our relationship with it.

‘Nature has always been a spiritually safe place for me, it will always uplift me,’ he explains – but he also takes a relativist view in terms of conservationism and how the urban impinges on the rural (‘I think pylons look OK, actually’) – and tends to believe that nature will run its course regardless of us.

Mattock’s interest in the manmade and the natural informs Spring in the Temple of Plastic Pillars (available in hardback), which is inspired by Baudelaire’s Fleurs du mal (1857) – in which nature is described as ‘a temple in which living pillars/Sometimes give voice to confused words’.

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