Tom-Blachford Profile

Photography for me is giving in to an impulse to capture or explore things going on around me that for whatever might suddenly take my interest. Im obsessed with the way the camera is able to warp both time and perspective to capture the world in ways i was never able to see with my eyes. Though my work is varied in subject matter it all somewhat follows this compulsion.

The most joy i get from photography is when i can capture something that was hiding in plain sight but no one has stopped to capture. Finding patterns, shapes and vistas in the man made and natural environments and collecting them like little prizes is what keeps me shooting and exploring. Im an impatient person so photography is an incredible efficient way to be creative. Every time i press the shutter i create can something that didnt exist a split second before.

My latest series is my most involved to date and took an uncharacteristic amount of patience and and dedication. Shot over 2 separate trips the images explore the relationship between the moonlight, the forms of the houses and mountains as a backdrop. With our eyes and brains simply unable to process the dimly lit scene resulting images leave you as the viewer confused as to how such an image could exist before us but never be seen. Time is compressed from 30 seconds into one viewable moment. The stars blur into dashes to remind us that even seemingly immovable steel and mountains are actually spinning on a grand scale as our earth rotates on its axis, and in turn around the sun. 

Tom Blachford's exhibition Midnight Modern series was recently exhibited to great acclaim at Modern Times and remaining prints continue to be available online.

Click here to read our blog post about the exhibition. 



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