Zoe Barker

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Sherborne House Series. Old school building now undergoing redevelopment - this was the art room.

Horndean Series. A house last renovated in about 1978.

House of Two Sisters Series. A house on the Isle of Wight where sisters Jean and Joy were born in 1916 and 1922. This was Jean's life-long home. In 1957 Joy left to live in London but on retiring returned to live with her sister. Despite being a large house, they shared this bedroom. This series won the Documentary Category in the British Life Photography Awards 2015.

A farm in Dorset.

Sherborne House Series. Old school building now undergoing redevelopment. This was the School Caretaker's kitchen

Horndean Series. A house last renovated in about 1978

Osborne House - Convalescent Home for Officers Series. Shot in the spaces once occupied by the Convalescent Home for Officers that ran at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight 1904-2000 (Osborne House was the family home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert). Zoe was privileged to be granted access to these spaces that are now closed to the public.

Osborne House - Convalescent Home for Officers Series. Shot in the spaces once occupied by the Convalescent Home for Officers that ran at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight 1904-2000 (Osborne House was the family home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert). Zoe was privileged to be granted access to these spaces that are now closed to the public.

Llandaff Series. Shot in a run-down property in Llandaff, South Wales

Playground on the beach - Ryde, Isle of Wight

Great Yarmouth. Shot with a Holga camera.

Shot with a Holga camera.

Second World War fortifications on the island of Steepholm. Shot with a Holga camera.

Dolls' House Series.

Dolls' House Series.

Dolls' House Series.

Dolls's House Series.

Cyanotype - Ghosts of Dimbola Series. Inspired by the idea that a memory of people can be held within the fabric of a building, Zoe combined images shot by Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron with fixtures and fittings still evident in her home Dimbola Lodge on the Isle of Wight - thus 'conjuring up' the ghosts of Dimbola. Here Sappho is combined with the flowers that grow in the Dimbola gardens today,

Cyanotype - Ghosts of Dimbola Series. Inspired by the idea that a memory of people can be held within the fabric of a building, Zoe combined images shot by Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron with fixtures and fittings still evident in her home Dimbola Lodge on the Isle of Wight - thus 'conjuring up' the ghosts of Dimbola. Here model Florence Fisher is seen combined with scraps of Victorian wallpaper re-discovered during renovations.

Zoe Barker

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

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