Hi Marcus! Where are you now? In Australia?
I’m currently back in Denmark, working on my book. Returned to Denmark late July 2014, after 10 months on the road.
When and why did you decide to start photographing? What was the first project you’ve worked on?
I began photographing 4 years ago, after trying different mediums though out my years. I took up photography, seriously, after a knee injury, since I suddenly wasn’t capable of doing water-sports, and had therefor oceans time to pursue my newly profound passion. I began a project called “The 365 days project”. A project where I had to take a photograph each day for a year, this was done to pursue my newly profound passion and learn more about the medium of photography and art world. This was done from 2012 to 2013, while I was doing my last year at high school.
Your photos appear to come from a parallel world. Does your inspiration come from your childhood?’
I draw a lot of inspiration from my childhood – the golden age of our lives, but for the most of the time, the inspiration comes from the present. I try to show how I see the world in my photographs.
“I try to show how I see the world in my photographs.”
Are you inspired by an artist or photographer in particular?
Lately I’ve been very inspired by many artists and philosophers. Michael Kvium, Peter Martensen, Elmgreen & Dragset, René Magritte, Kirkegaard, Schelling, Roland Barthes to name a few.
Most of your photos are self-portraits. Why did you decide to focus on yourself as a subject?
Most of my work is part of personal projects, which often evolves my observations, thoughts – and it does therefore make more sense to use to use myself as subject. Furthermore, do I often find it easier to use myself as model – since the person in my photographs doesn’t have much of a role, apart from being there – facing the camera with his back.
Have you learned more about you through your work?
Yes, undoubtedly. I use photography or other creative mediums to handle my feelings, thoughts and experiences. Sometimes, it’s almost like self-therapy, so of course I learn a lot about myself doing these personal projects.
How does your approach change when you photograph other people?
It doesn’t change much. It often makes the shoot quite faster to finish up, because I don’t have to run back to the camera and check if everything is placed correctly etc.
How big of a roll does post production in the final image?
When I first started photography, it had quite a big role in the final images. But as older and more experienced I’ve got, the less I use postproduction. I prefer to do as much a possible in real life, to minimize the load of editing. A lot of my photographs aren’t edited/manipulated at all, except small lightning adjustments. This means I often spent days on building the scene. This is also what I like the most – to build up everything.
“I use photography or other creative mediums to handle my feelings, thoughts and experiences.”
Can you tell us something about your book project? Maybe give us a little preview?
I left my home in Denmark the 11th of September, just after finishing high school, to begin a near yearlong journey and an even longer book-project. The book will be about the idea of always searching for the place where the grass is greener.
I stood in a situation, after graduating from high school, as many others do, where I was for the first time in my life, completely free. I wasn’t a prisoner anymore, not by the school system, not by my family. I was free to do what ever I wanted. As many other young people, I decided to go on an adventure. I didn’t have much idea about where I was going. I just wanted to get as far away as possible to take full advantages of my sudden freedom. After being “imprisoned”, I strived to be independent. You always say the grass in greener on the other side, right? So what do you do, after being “locked up”? I went to Australia – the other side of the world, to find where the grass was greener. The book is about the journey, this search for the greener grass, the realization of what “my paradise” is and the meeting with the different cultures and people’s. All this told through photo-series, statements and stories.
At the moment I’m back in Denmark working on the book; editing photos, making new material and finishing writing. If everything works out as planed, it will be ready to be published in May 2015 – but projects of this caliber always have surprises in-store for a first timer.
What is your favourite image you took?
It’s a tough question. But “UP” (2012) is undoubtedly the photo that have had must effect on my career, and do therefore means a lot to me. “The self-destructive society” (2014) is also a favorite. Spent a lot of time on the symbolism as well as building the scenery itself. The photo is not manipulated at all, and actually works as sculpture by itself. I did the photo while travelling about in Australia, at a rented room, so I unfortunately had to get rid of the sculpture after photographing it – since I was on the road constantly.