Stills of Imagined Films

"Imagine each picture as a piece from a set of disconnected events” 

A 28 page soft cover 8.25" x 5.25" version of the book is currently available for purchase below.

About this series

This series began as a way to further my cinematic style of photography in a very specific direction. I wanted to create a different type of photographic narrative, a form of storytelling that I had never done before. My intention was to create a series of stills that appeared to be from a film, but not an existing one—an imagined film.

By using stills to tell a story it exposed a void that doesn’t exist in the linear storytelling of a film. By using stills only, the creative process is more reliant upon a single image to explain or hide information. Without the luxury of sound or motion I wanted to present the complexities of a character in a different way than I had ever done before. I wanted to express what was going on beyond the visual image. I felt it necessary to include text in some way to enhance the narrative. I found that simple scene descriptions as if from a screenplay weren’t enough. I wanted to place the viewer inside the head of each character. 

The final version presented here is the culmination of the series that began in 2008 and was finished in 2014. 



As one of the leading Phoenix Photographers Mark Peterman explores narrative storytelling through photographs and multi-media, usually consisting of constructed realties that cross over into implied fiction. His personal work has been an American Photography (AP28 and AP35) and Photo District News (PDN) annual award winner. His independently published photo books have been included in exhibitions around the country at museums and galleries that include: The Griffin Museum of Photography, Phoenix Art Museum. and Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA).