Marcus Stork is an interior, real estate and architecture photographer, born and raised in Stockholm. Considering his profession (one of many reasons), there is no wonder he never left the city! Stockholm´s beautiful architecture and famous interior style will continue to keep Marcus busy, and combined with his talent for photography, beautiful images are almost guaranteed.
Tell us about your journey to photography.
It all started in the late 90's when I got myself my first digital camera and started exploring photography. I quickly found my way into urban environments, cityscapes and architecture. It has been a big passion since then, but it wasn't until a few years ago when I decided to quit my job in the media business and go full time with photography. That was a great decision.
What´s your favourite piece of equipment to work with?
I think it varies, depending on what I do. I really love my camera, the Nikon D850. And I got quite a lot of different lenses that I use for different things, and they all have the own "personality". If I would choose one lens I would go with the Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4. Amazing quality and great for interior photography.
How did you decide to specialise in interior and architecture?
First of all I have always liked architecture and interior design, and I have been shooting architecture for as long as I have had a camera. But the way into what I do today was when I started selling street and cityscape photos of Stockholm to a real estate agency. That led to me to start shooting real estate and interiors for them. I really enjoyed it and from then it has just been rollin' on to where I am today.
What advice would you give someone looking to pursue a career in architectural photography today?
I think in general, if you want to do something creative, find your own style and don't copy others. I think there are many ways to follow your dream. For myself it has been an over 20 year long journey with photography, educating and developing myself.
What makes Scandinavian architecture and design so special?
Maybe it's special in a non-special way. It won’t blow your mind with expression. It's minimalism and functionality, less is more, clean and natural. And it works with everything.
When visiting Sweden, what places should we visit to find the best architecture?
It depends on. In Stockholm you have everything, you can walk around in the old town and the other inner city boroughs to see a lot of old beautiful buildings, and in the downtown area there is a constant change of the look as new modern buildings are popping up all the time, and facades are being changed in a new and modern style.
But for modern architecture in general I wouldn't say there is a specific area, it's spread out in the country and cities. For example The Tree Hotel up in northern Lapland, with modernist huts suspended up among the trees in the forest. The Artipelag museum in the Stockholm archipelago and the new landmark towers Norra Tornen in the city, or the Turning Torso by Santiago Calatrava in Malmö. Another cool place is the Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi, completely design and built in ice.
If you want to see something more picturesque you can go to a town like Visby, Ystad and Lund. With it's beautiful old small town charm, cobbled streets and houses ranging back a couple of hundred years.
What is considered the most exclusive area in Stockholm?
The borough of Östermalm, with the most expensive street of Strandvägen located by the water.
And what area is the most quirky?
To be honest I don't think that there are such area anymore, sadly. The borough of Södermalm used to be a bit more different before, but like most of these kinds of areas they turn hip and get gentrified. Although you can see some differences in the way people style their homes, in Södermalm there is more of the retro and second hand style than in other areas.
Where should we go and what should we see when visiting Stockholm next?
During the summers you should get out in the archipelago. There are more than 30.000 islands with coves, cliffs, beaches, small villages and summer restaurants to stay and eat. It's easy to get out from the city with boats, enjoy the nature and the calm beauty of the Swedish summer.
What motto do you live by?
I don't have a specific motto that I live by, but I think it is important to enjoy life and do things you like as much as you can. And it's also important to be nice to people around you, you will get it back.
See more of Marcus work at www.marcusstork.se