JONATHAN CHERRY: What got you started with photography?
AIDEN MORSE: Probably not being able to paint or draw.
JC: Any emerging artists inspiring you at the mo?
AM: Lately, I’ve been looking at a lot of paintings and films. Edward Hopper and Caravaggio and ET and Close Encounters and stuff like that. It’s a bit eclectic, but think you can see the influence in my work, especially from the Spielberg films. As far as emerging artists go, I’m not too sure of any. When you’re on tumblr or flickr or whatever it’s so hard to pick whether the artist is a fully established zillionaire photographer or just starting out—and while that makes answering questions like this one hard, I find it very interesting.
JC: Whats your current project all about?
AM: Darkness, I suppose. I’m playing around with emulating the quality of moonlight, in a similar way to the films I mentioned earlier. I think it’s going well.
JC: Where are you currently living and how is it shaping you?
AM: I currently live in Tasmania, Australia. I think it used to have a humongous influence on everything I’d do—I was trying to document Tasmanian culture, but first I had to figure out what that actually was and it all became a bit messy. That influence has waned a bit in my latest stuff, but I think it’ll always be there—it’s too big to go away entirely.
JC: One piece of advice to recent photography graduates?
AM: Now it’s time for a real degree? Nah, I don’t know really, I’m not really in a position to give advice. But I don’t think you can really go wrong as long as you keep having fun with whatever you’re doing.
JC: Any big plans for 2012?
AM: I’m excited to get my end of year exhibition sorted for school. Getting into my university of choice would be great too, but I’d have to choose it first. Other than that, I think I just want to make photographs better than I ever have, so hopefully that will work out.
JC: Favourite tree?
AM: Anything deciduous, a bit of variety can be nice.