Zoe Barker often shoots in locations that have been abandoned or are on the verge of major change, and there is a poignancy to these projects that reminds us of the transience of things and the fragility of life. She has always been particularly drawn to domestic settings. Her images are full of stillness and yet also filled with life, the everyday details she captures resonating with the lives of those who have occupied these spaces – portraits in absentia. Seeking out the ‘extraordinary in the ordinary,’ she believes if you take the time to look you can find beauty anywhere. It could be something as mundane as an old chair, a door handle, a light switch – the beauty is always in the details.
Zoe has a passion for the qualities of film and shoots on 120 roll film on two very different cameras – a Mamiya RZ67 and a Holga.
Zoe is a contributor to Millennium Picture Library. Selected exhibitions include:
- QuayCrafts ‘Out of the Box’ – Carisbrooke Castle, 16 Feb – 3 Nov 2019
- Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries London – 2017 & 2018
- Visual Arts Open Finalist – November 2017
- QuayCrafts ‘Out of the Shadows’ – Dimbola Museum & Galleries, Freshwater, Oct – Dec 2017
- ‘Out of the Ordinary’ (collaboration with Paul Waite) – Paul McPherson Gallery, Greenwich, 7-28 Nov 2015
- QuayCrafts ‘Beyond the Red Rope’ Convalescent Home for Officers – Osborne House, 2015
- ‘Saba – Rust of Time’ – Solo exhibition at Dimbola Museum & Galleries, Freshwater, July – Oct 2016
- Winner Documentary Category British Life Photography Awards, 2015 (Mall Galleries, London) – ‘House of Two Sisters’
- ‘Relative Spaces’ – Solo exhibition – Geffrye Museum, London, Oct 2009 – Jun 2010
Locations: United Kingdom