Morten Barker’s work has centered around landscape from his days in architect school to his BA in photography from the Surrey Institute of Art and Design over projects with Danish military landscapes to his latest work Terra Nullius. He currently lives in Denmark with his wife and two sons.
What was your latest book discovery? What are your favorite books of all time?
I read very seldom. Mostly when I begin reading I loose focus and the words in the book become images in my head that have no relation to the words in the book. There is one book that I have read many times because it became an inspiration for my artistic work back in 2011. It is Paul Virilio’s War and Cinema: the logistics of perception. But I much prefer seeing movies instead of reading.
Most visited blogs, websites?
The list keeps changing but for the moment I have been spending time with 1000 Words Magazine, Forensic Architecture, Art Observed and Le-Bal. One website I have followed for ages is Digital Photography Review for all the nerdy photography stuff.
What apps do you use the most and why?
I use Instagram daily and enjoy the bombardment of images. It also keeps me ajour with what’s happening with exhibitions, books, projects etc. And friends...
Whats currently on your playlist?
The Glorious Land by PJ Harvey
Luka by Susan Vega
Karma Police by Radiohead
Sarabande by George Frideric Handel
Cripple and the Starfish by Anthony and the Johnsons
Hurt by Johnny Cash
I Would Walk 500 Miles by The Proclaimers
Lonely Boy by The Black Keys
Cello Concerto in E minor Op.85 by Edward Elgar
Solen Er Så Rød Mor by Tommy Rasmussen
What records would you recommend to hear?
PJ Harvey’s Let England Shake; Radiohead’s OK Computer; Johnny Cash’s American IV: The Man Comes Around; and Susan Vega’s Solitude Standing are all albums that each take me back to special places and times in my life.
Fresh movie finds? What films do you think everybody should watch?
Ruben Östlund’s The Square, 2017
Thomas Alfredson’s Let The Right One In, 2008
Elem Klimov’s Come and See
Bahman Ghobadi’s Turtles Can Fly, 2003
Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove or : How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, 1964
Which artists working today do you admire most?
There is a long list of photographers, artists, scientists etc. that have inspired me and been influential on my work. From Jean-Luc Mylayne, Etienne Jules Marey, Joel Sternfeld, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Jeff Wall, Cardiff and Miller, Joan Foncuberta, Chris Marker and many more.
What are some of your tv top tips right now?
I have to choose Craig Mazin’s HBO series Chernobyl.
Who are you following?
What tools do you use in your work?
I use a Canon camera and photoshop as my main tool, like most photographers I think! And then I use PTGui for stitching photographs together, which I have done with most of my large landscapes.
What magazines / newspapers do you read regularly?
At the moment I read the Danish newspaper Politiken. But in general I read very little
What are your favorite gadgets?