I have a passionate interest in documentary portraits and photo-journalism: particularly ‘communities and people in context’.

Just before the pandemic, I gave a talk about my earth science photography at the Global Symposium on Soil Erosion at UNFAO in Rome. Accompanied by an exhibition of my photos taken in East Africa, highlighting extreme soil erosion in the Rift Valley.

In Spring 2019, in a commission from University of Plymouth my task was to photograph the water catchment narrative from Palacios Glacier, the highest point in the Andes Mountains – all the way down to Rapel Hydroelectric Dam in the lowland areas of Central Chile.

I was tasked with photographing 16 scientists from every area of the UK for the NERC Soil Security Programme. This followed a five-year study highlighting how soils respond, recover and adapt to land-use and climate change.
Exhibited at The Royal Society for ‘World Soils Day’.

In May 2018 I was sent by the UK Space Agency on assignment to Karamoja, northern Uganda: an area which has experienced extreme civil unrest up until recently. My assignment was to photograph the farmers, pastoralists and the landscape.

Documenting an ongoing study in the Maasai heartlands in Tanzania as part a interdisciplinary research project from Plymouth University – studying the effects of soil erosion both on the landscape and cultural impact on the communities there.

In June 2018 I worked within the mountains and lakes of Kyrgyzstan. This is a part of our EU-funded global health research programme, conducting a study of implementing pulmonary rehabilitation for those patients suffering form COPD.

In Spring of 2015, I was sent to Jordan as part of a working team commissioned by UNDP. Documenting how the refugee population have been integrated into society there, and the effects of waste from the refugee camps within the country infrastructure. Specifically in the north of the country near the Syrian border, as the refugee camps have swelled the population significantly.

Immediately following the earthquake in Nepal in 2015 I was commissioned to create a series of urgent safety posters. Utilising typical Nepalese iconography and photos which the locals could quickly identify.

The latest commission is from Dartmoor National Park – to provide a photographic study of the food and drink producers. Then another project to celebrate the small businesses that make their living on Dartmoor.

I’m proud to announce that one of my images of “Exposed Tree Roots’ has been chosen for the inaugural Science Photographer of the Year 2019 (Royal Photographic Society and Science Museum). This is following its publication in The Guardian, and a UN-FAO recent publication on soil erosion.

Soil erosion in Tanzania in pictures - The guardian Article Carey Marks

Click here to see UN-FAO book on Soil Erosion

Based in Totnes, Devon. I’m also an established Art Director and Graphic Designer. See my website scarlet-design.co.uk
For assignments – email only please carey (at) scarlet (dash) design.co.uk

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Carey Marks
Documenting a changing world