Mark Weidman has photographed breathtaking sceneries and panoramic country life in the past thirty years as a photographer. Now, he's dipping his lens into foreign waters by delving into tattoo photography with the help of the tattooed locals of Salida, Colorado in his ‘Salida Ink’ project.
‘The emphasis is to create compelling studio photographs of local people that capture the art of the tattoo and something about the person.’ Weidman told The Mountain Mail. ‘Each tattoo has a story.’
Another thing that compelled mark to go on with the project is the growing numbers of people with tattoos. The surprising number intrigued Weidman to set sail with Salida Ink.
‘I learned that 42 percent of adults between the ages of 20 and 30 have at least one tattoo,’ shared Weidman. ‘Creating compelling images of people and their tattoos is a challenge I have enjoyed.’
The challenging part for Weidman was getting people to take part in his project. Since Salida Ink focuses on body art, he was worried that he'd have a hard time getting Salidans to pose for the project.
‘The biggest challenge is getting people to come to the studio for a session,’ he told The Mountain Mail. ‘I always tell people they can bring a friend or spouse. I have photographed whole families as a gesture of thanks for their time.’
Weidman hopes to showcase the photos in a local exhibit and soon publish a book featuring his work in Salida Ink. The Colorado-based photographer said that the best part of the project was the things he learned and the people he met along the way.
‘I get to meet new people and learn about their tattoos,’ he said.