Posted on April 28, 2014
‘BOX CANYON DREAM #3’ was created in 2006 at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. Of course, Georgia O’Keeffe made the ranch famous in the art world. I wanted to understand why she was drawn to it and why it took such a hold on her. The place has a timeless spirituality, that can’t be adequately described in words or imagery. I’ll never know it as she did, but I know I need to return to it. It has that special quality that places that have hosted countless generations of people in the distant past seem to hold. It’s tough and beautiful, as she came to be, shaped by it, as she drew inspiration from it…
Posted on April 23, 2014
With the new leaves out and the flowers up here on the West Coast; I thought this appropriate.
I don’t know why “less is more”, but it oftentimes is…
You can’t top Nature and we see plenty of literal renditions, that never ‘measure up’.
I find that stepping back somewhat, often helps me see… in a new fashion.
Posted on April 10, 2014
Being a photographic based artist comes with a certain expectation to portray things as they are. Of course, this has always been the case. There have been some notable exceptions such as Man Ray, Moholy-Nagy, Jerry Uelsmann and a few others, but the artforms’ migration from film to digital has opened up many amazing possibilities. With the new digital tools available to photographers, ‘Reality is a Genre’… “Unreality is a Creative Skill Set”.
This piece is both real and not… It’s a real place with an unreal perspective. Ironically, I find new appreciation for a space, when I perturb the geometry. It literally brings into focus, things that might otherwise have gone… under appreciated.
Posted on April 4, 2014
‘HOUSE STUDY #3’ is from my latest series of work ‘Parliamentary Perspectives’.
It’s kind of a 21st century celebration of a 19th century legacy.
This is the home of our Canadian democratic process.
Necessarily, this place is subject to a lot of twisting, contortions, victories and defeats…
You can see more at http://www.christhomas.com
Posted on April 1, 2014
‘Carrousel #3’ is another in the Paris ‘Secret Work’ series.
It was shot on film in camera in 2001.
This antique carrousel is beautifully maintained and still providing joy, to generations of children and adults.
Posted on March 23, 2014
Girl at Jardin des Tuileries is another in the Paris series of Secret Work.
It seems the world over… play always translates. Children at play are in their own world.
As an artist; I understand this escape into another reality. It’s what artists are paid to do!
This girl with her mother (out of frame) had no idea, they had skipped into ‘My Play Zone’.
Since I was shooting into a distortable Mylar mirror, my camera was not pointed in her direction.
She paid no attention to me…
Posted on March 17, 2014
This ‘Arc de Triomphe’ was created ‘on film, in camera’ in 2001.
It’s part of my Paris Series, shot with large distortable Mylar mirrors.
It was a comfortably mild overcast December day. As we worked the Mylar mirror around creating effects; the Arc retained it’s identity and dignity! All the work done at this time was surreal, but it’s unmistakably ‘Paris’.
This entire Paris Series is ‘Secret Work’ unshown to the public…up to this point.