Thomas Beck produces images rapidly in his playful photographic practice
Based in Dorset, Thomas’ series Construction in Progress sees him use discarded objects from his rural surroundings to create in-camera and digital sculptures.
- Ruby Boddington
- 20 March 2020
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2020年欧洲杯赛程The particular materials that he chose to work with and which now feature throughout the series were found discarded around his rural home: oil rags, rope, metal sheeting, pipes, and wooden palettes. Aware of how, by removing these objects, he was disrupting the area, Thomas wanted to explore this notion further: “By using post-production, I began to misshape, add-to and expand the objects in the image.” The result is a series of unique and entirely captivating sculptures which exist both in-camera and in the digital realm.
Having discovered a new trope, Thomas then replicated the process, creating images that imitated the digitally-manipulated sculptures but which were straight photographs. “By mixing both digital and in-camera, I wondered why we have to question the factuality of each image? Why not imagine? I think there’s a childish enjoyment in that,” he elaborates.
This process of repetition is commonplace across Thomas’ unique practice which feels distinct due to its specific combination of sculpture, still life and digital manipulation. In fact, its photography’s ability to “produce and reproduce” which is one of the reasons he is so drawn to the medium. “Despite this often being seen as a problem in terms of image saturation, it can lead to the quick development of ideas and experimentation. With the constant change of technology, the visual outcomes are always being pushed in new exciting directions,” he outlines. It’s a refreshing approach akin to one taken by many fine artists who work on paper. One of Thomas’ projects is even called Mark Making, which seems a fitting description for the unique way in which this photographer toys with the medium.
Thomas also makes use of sequencing in his work, stacking and comparing images to create dialogues. “These can range visually and can be non-linear, but one photo can queue the interpretation of the other which is different for each viewer,” he remarks. “Photographs don’t really show their workings, but do show visual signs which can communicate a range of ideas. I’ve always found that fascinating.” With this in mind, we’re excited to see what Thomas does next as he continues to explore photography’s infinite abilities. Clearly, getting so many years on practice in on his family’s old camera has paid off.