Photographer Mark Lyon's inspiration stems from finding and documenting peculiar juxtapositions in everyday places. This process often involves the act of rephotographing photographs. His series Landscapes for the People looks at the use of romanticized wallpaper landscape photographs found in everyday environments. These wall-sized photographic murals seem to serve a psychological function, given their potentially intimidating or banal locations, like dental rooms and laundromats. These landscape murals allow the viewer an alternate mindset to nerve-racking procedures or the mundane activities of everyday life.
Photographs from Landscapes for the People use the peculiar relationship between found images and operative items, documenting the strange play of the functional environment and the idealized psychological landscape.
Mark Lyon (b. 1979) grew up outside Rochester, New York. He attended School of Visual Arts and SUNY New Paltz for undergraduate and master's degrees. Currently, he is an art and photography teacher at Beacon High School in New York. In 2008, he received a Fellowship from The Center for Photography at Woodstock.