Who is Marc McClain?
There is no simple answer to give. Let’s start with “a citizen of the world”. Having lived in many countries such as the US, Sweden, Spain, United Kingdom, the Gambia and now the in Netherlands, I guess you could say I like cultural diversity. I love learning new languages (currently learning Russian), and exploring the new perspectives those cultures bring me.
To me, the question of if something is right or wrong, ugly or pretty, depends on the values that were instilled your youth. Usually by parents and the cultural values of the country where you spent the most time at a young age. I like to push my own set of values and look at things from a different perspective.
That is why I enjoy travelling. Every country and culture has its merits and I learn something from every place I visit.
For example, when the most important issue you face is whether there will be food on the table for dinner, core values such as loyalty, friendship, and honesty, might become much less important. In that case, survival supercedes all other values. I learned this when I lived in the Gambia.
In my Urban Exploration photography, I also try to challenge common values relating to aesthetics. Personally I find beauty in decay, seeing nature take over a place once dominated by humans. I try to Imagine what the abandoned factory, prison, church, or old house used to be like when people where living and working there. What did their lives look like? Why was it abandoned?
To make a long story short, I strongly believe in Neale Walsh’s motto: “LIFE BEGINS AT THE END OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE”. Never stop learning!
I hope you enjoy my work and I welcome any feedback. You can leave me a message in the contact section on the homepage. I am also available for custom projects and my work is for sale as well.
Thanks for stopping by!
Goodbye! Tot ziens! До свидания! Adiós! Au Revoir! Mangi dem!