There was a time when pictures from cameras with huge lenses had to be developed in the darkroom. That was the best method during that time but technology has changed it all. With the emergence of the digital camera things are now different.
Growing up in Japan, Thomas discovered his passion for photography at the age of 8. His career began on a small Navy newspaper, the Seahawk, covering local sports and events. The Seahawk awarded him a letter of appreciation for "Excellent Photography," in 1992.
Thomas then embarked on a journey to Seattle in 1994 to attend The Art Institute of Seattle, furthering his artistic and technical skills, receiving his degree in Commercial Photography.
Thomas developed an innovative and conceptual style, photographing a wide range of subject matter from the abstract avant-garde, to haunting images of people and nature. His work instills a mood of introspection and self-reflection, and possesses a sense of wonder that often is lost after childhood.
Thomas prefers to use the medium of film, both color and B&W. He enjoys perfecting his craft in the darkroom. He says, "In growing as a fine art photographer, I have embraced traditional darkroom techniques which I feel that one day may become a lost art in this world of digital technology. Time spent alone in the darkroom allows me to reflect and connect with my art."
Thomas continues to exhibit his work all over Seattle.
I’ve been fortunate. I don’t do as much commercial work anymore Times have changed. But I have continued to shoot and pursue my personal work…work that I’ve done for over 30 years.
I’ve had great support from Leica over the years and though I’ve not been in the darkroom in a while, I continue to shoot with film. I just scan it and work in Photoshop. I confess I don’t miss the stench of chemicals anymore, but my wrists hurt!
In the end, I refuse to offer any insight into my art..no photo flatulence. Rather, I prefer to quote my English teacher Tom Chaffee from Berkshire School, who often quoted DH Lawrence…
“Never trust the teller…trust the Tale.”
My body of work for the most part, is finding that special calm and simplicity among chaos. Before making a capture, I become still and connected with absolute presence with the famous quote by photographer Minor White in mind, "Be still with yourself, until the object of your attention affirms your presence."
In a sense, the capture is made when I feel permission is given back from nature itself which is a very powerful way of being. Hopefully the energy and connection within each image can be experienced by you as well.
100% FILM NOT DIGITAL
All black and white images were captured on film and NOT digitally altered. Films I like to use are Fuji Across, Fuji Neopan, Konika Infrared, Kodak Infrared. Most images were taken on a medium format Bronica SQ-Ai 6cmx6cm system. Some were taken with a Holga 6cmx6cm camera and will be indicated in the description.
ABOUT THE FINE ART PRINTS
The film is processed by the artist in the darkroom by hand. Images are drum scanned for the highest resolution possible and then printed on Fujicolor Crystal Archive Pearl Paper. Pearl-like crystals give silver halide prints a specific luster, creating a distinctive pearl-like appearance which produces a beautiful luster look. Prints are 100% archival and are extremely resistant to aging with a lifespan well over 100+ years.
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