tom bäcker

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Joined Artfinder: Feb. 2017

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Germany

About tom bäcker

 
 
  • Biography
    With the background of a classical mercantile apprenticeship i did quite a few completely differing jobs, ending up waiting tables and tending bars for 15 years in total, and wondering, what my "calling" could be. (Not saying, I didn't like my job. I loved it most of the times. But I knew, there was supposed to be something else).
    Extensive travels during the german winter lead me to writing, which I first thought, would be the Tom-Baecker-thing. But back home I always couldn't keep that writing-spirit alive.
    Three years after I had moved to Berlin in 2003, I bought a small automatic camera and began photographing. 
    Throughout these previous three Berlin years, I always had been considering doing so, because Berlin seemed to shout at me: "You've got this look - use it!" 
    I didn't expect the result though. 
    Everybody seemed to like, what I captured. So I decided to try my luck with some prints on a popular Berlin fleemarket. I sold 26 out of 70 and people would ask me to sign them.
    I istantly knew, I had found, what I had so long been waiting and looking for (and remembering that day still gives me gooseflesh). 
    My mercantile roots convinced me, that postcards were a pretty good product, so I had my first postcards printed. The passion for writing now emerged through my camera, when i started focussing on words and language. 
    Four years later I dropped my final tray, finally saying good bye to the gastronomy, having set up a successful postcard business with a portfolio of about 200 motives and my five months old son being witness of dads first solo exhibition (not with the postcard-stuff) in the Berlin gallery "Kunstschwimmer". 
    The passion for structure, geometrical forms, minimalism and abstractions, mostly found in architecture, granted me quite a few exhibitions (or at least participations) during the last ten 10 years. Some in my studio, one in my own gallery, which I ran for only four months, quickly realizing, that it would leave me with even less time for beeing creative, but also in that above mentioned gallery "Kunstschwimmer" and in the german ministry of finance in Berlin just to mention a few. I paid most of my attention to the "job, that pays the rent" - the postcard business and invested not a lot of time in having exhibitions and getting famous - therefore I did not bad, I guess.
    My last show was a "10-years-tom-baecker-postcards" retrospective in the KM9-Gallery in the beautiful german town Trier in november 2016.
    Partly I consider this show the end of an era, start of a change and one of the reasons, why I'm finaly on Artfinder.
    In 2015 I moved from Berlin to the island Tenerife / Spain with my wife and son.
    I kept my studio in Berlin and fly back and forth once a month to keep my postcard business going. It seems, that this distance opened a door again. I'm no longer just thinking postcards, magnets and business, but find the time to be creative, work with different kind of photography, I even started painting, which I long time wanted to do. 
    I believe that change is a necessity for development. 
    And I like to quote David Bowie: 
    "I'm not a rockstar - If I would agree in that term, I would limit myself, I would limit my personality to being just a category, one ... thing ... one kind of artistic appearance. I don't think, that's what I am."
    I that same degree, I can't say "I'm a photographer", "I'm a painter" etc.
    Am I a visual artist? Yes - at least for the time beeing. 
    Thank you for your time and attention. 


     


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  • Education

    2006 - 2069

    Self taught visual artist

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    Event: Momentomat

    Dates: Feb. 5, 2009 - Feb. 27, 2009

    Venue: tom bäcker, Naugarder Strasse 13, 10409 Berlin

    "Das Momentomat" was the centre piece of this exhibition. Consisting of 270 only cigarette-pack-sized "moments". The "moments" are a series I shot during a three month photo-trip through Argentina on which I got stuck for three weeks in the pulsating capital Buenos Aires.
    I was straight away fascinated with the old, noisy and air pollutioning, thus colourful buses, which were speeding through the narrow alleys as well as the wide "avenidas", seemingly a great danger to every fool, who wouldn't pay enough attention to the traffic.
    From the very first day of these three weeks I everyday would spent some time on "hunting" (that's what I called it) buses with my camera, shooting them the moment they rushed by, using the exposure time to catch the movement in "stripes". Immediately I had renamed the buses to moments, Once again it had become clear to me, how just one moment leads to another, how a single distracted moment can change ones life, even end it.
    Unfortunately no more space.

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Education

2006 - 2069

Self taught visual artist


There are no upcoming events

Show previous eventsHide previous events

Previous events

Event: Momentomat

Dates: Feb. 5, 2009 - Feb. 27, 2009

Venue: tom bäcker, Naugarder Strasse 13, 10409 Berlin

"Das Momentomat" was the centre piece of this exhibition. Consisting of 270 only cigarette-pack-sized "moments". The "moments" are a series I shot during a three month photo-trip through Argentina on which I got stuck for three weeks in the pulsating capital Buenos Aires.
I was straight away fascinated with the old, noisy and air pollutioning, thus colourful buses, which were speeding through the narrow alleys as well as the wide "avenidas", seemingly a great danger to every fool, who wouldn't pay enough attention to the traffic.
From the very first day of these three weeks I everyday would spent some time on "hunting" (that's what I called it) buses with my camera, shooting them the moment they rushed by, using the exposure time to catch the movement in "stripes". Immediately I had renamed the buses to moments, Once again it had become clear to me, how just one moment leads to another, how a single distracted moment can change ones life, even end it.
Unfortunately no more space.


 

Biography

With the background of a classical mercantile apprenticeship i did quite a few completely differing jobs, ending up waiting tables and tending bars for 15 years in total, and wondering, what my "calling" could be. (Not saying, I didn't like my job. I loved it most of the times. But I knew, there was supposed to be something else).
Extensive travels during the german winter lead me to writing, which I first thought, would be the Tom-Baecker-thing. But back home I always couldn't keep that writing-spirit alive.
Three years after I had moved to Berlin in 2003, I bought a small automatic camera and began photographing. 
Throughout these previous three Berlin years, I always had been considering doing so, because Berlin seemed to shout at me: "You've got this look - use it!" 
I didn't expect the result though. 
Everybody seemed to like, what I captured. So I decided to try my luck with some prints on a popular Berlin fleemarket. I sold 26 out of 70 and people would ask me to sign them.
I istantly knew, I had found, what I had so long been waiting and looking for (and remembering that day still gives me gooseflesh). 
My mercantile roots convinced me, that postcards were a pretty good product, so I had my first postcards printed. The passion for writing now emerged through my camera, when i started focussing on words and language. 
Four years later I dropped my final tray, finally saying good bye to the gastronomy, having set up a successful postcard business with a portfolio of about 200 motives and my five months old son being witness of dads first solo exhibition (not with the postcard-stuff) in the Berlin gallery "Kunstschwimmer". 
The passion for structure, geometrical forms, minimalism and abstractions, mostly found in architecture, granted me quite a few exhibitions (or at least participations) during the last ten 10 years. Some in my studio, one in my own gallery, which I ran for only four months, quickly realizing, that it would leave me with even less time for beeing creative, but also in that above mentioned gallery "Kunstschwimmer" and in the german ministry of finance in Berlin just to mention a few. I paid most of my attention to the "job, that pays the rent" - the postcard business and invested not a lot of time in having exhibitions and getting famous - therefore I did not bad, I guess.
My last show was a "10-years-tom-baecker-postcards" retrospective in the KM9-Gallery in the beautiful german town Trier in november 2016.
Partly I consider this show the end of an era, start of a change and one of the reasons, why I'm finaly on Artfinder.
In 2015 I moved from Berlin to the island Tenerife / Spain with my wife and son.
I kept my studio in Berlin and fly back and forth once a month to keep my postcard business going. It seems, that this distance opened a door again. I'm no longer just thinking postcards, magnets and business, but find the time to be creative, work with different kind of photography, I even started painting, which I long time wanted to do. 
I believe that change is a necessity for development. 
And I like to quote David Bowie: 
"I'm not a rockstar - If I would agree in that term, I would limit myself, I would limit my personality to being just a category, one ... thing ... one kind of artistic appearance. I don't think, that's what I am."
I that same degree, I can't say "I'm a photographer", "I'm a painter" etc.
Am I a visual artist? Yes - at least for the time beeing. 
Thank you for your time and attention. 


 


 
 
 
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