Fred Mount is a Buffalo, New York native and fine art photographer. His work has been shown from the coast to coast in the continental United States as well as abroad. His work concentrates on what he calls “The Human Condition.”
“The thing is we are all interconnected, everything is connected and it is easy to forget that. I am fascinated by all the little idiosyncrasies that make us and society as a whole work, or more interestingly fail”
The bulk of Frederick’s work focuses on subjects that may make some people uncomfortable. Even though he is talking serious subjects such as depression, isolation and addiction he has managed to keep a sense of humor in his photographs. His Isolation series consintrates on the concept of pushing everyone and everything away. Choosing to be alone accepting melancholy and depression that comes with isolation. His Glowing Orb series on the other hand consintrates on coming out of isolation and depression.
“The glowing orbs represent the good things in a person’s life. A lot of time we put on blinders when we let our emotions control us. We have had a tendency to not see the things that are right in front of us, the good things that in this case are bringing out subjects out of their own personal isolations.”
Per-Diction The Perfect Addiction is his latest series. In this series he takes on the subject of addiction, the vice represented by a golden apple.
“The subject of this series does not practice moderation. Even when something is good for you if it is not used in moderation the outcome can be disastrous. Very quickly the thing that makes our subject so happy turns into a problem. She realizes there is a problem but she thinks she can just continue one with no consequences. Even good things must be practiced in moderation or they will become rotten.”
His ongoing Torn series depicts people in transition, being in a state of change.
“It was important to make these portraits fairly general by using archetypes so that they are timeless and relatable. These people are straddling two worlds, they no longer belong in the world that they are in but are reluctant to change their position, or they are unable to.”
While the bulk of Frederick’s work is conceptual portraiture he does also does other areas of photography such as architecture seen in his series The Dark Heart Of Seoul, these black and white photographs of the city of Seoul, South Korea that he called home for a year. Photographing exclusively at night Frederick was determined to find the soul of Seoul.
“After moving to South Korea, I found myself constantly hiking the many mountains that are in Seoul. You got such a great birds eye view of the city. It was on top of these mountains that I realized that the city itself seemed alive, much like the breathing of a monster.”
While nature photography may seem a little out of place with the rest of his work, according to Frederick that is actually where his photographic journey began.
“When we first start off photographing the world around us we start of by photographing the things we know best. I have always been a nature and animal lover. When I need a break from working with people on big productions I always turn back to nature. We are very similar in my eyes. Both human beings and plants are very fragile and the world around us can very easily break us. We both require daily food, water and we both grow, age and then finally die.”