Friday, April 19, 2013

"Animalis" by Thomas Brummett

Animalis is a series of unique silver prints made by Philadelphia-based photographer Thomas Brummett, and belongs to his life long project titled; Rethinking the Natural. All images are silver prints made in the darkroom using brushes, bleaches and toners via an entropic process he has refined over the years.

Animalis is the latin word meaning, "to have breath" and is the word from which we get the English word animal. With these images my intent is to show that by manipulating the film grain via bleaches and multiple development baths, with brushes and toners I can achieve a type of mark that is unique in the history of art.
"My goal is to link the world of drawing and the world of photography in these images. I want them to be part document, part cave drawing and part dream. In the best of these images I want the viewer to be able to draw a visual link from the first marks made by humans to the dawn of photographic representation. As in all my work I am in effect attempting to mine the spaces that exist between photography, drawing, science and religion." says Thomas.













Thomas Brummett has been working as a fine art photographer since 1983 when he graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. His work has been honored both nationally and internationally: Once in Photo Graphis Awards Annual, which honors the best in international photography. He was also honored as one of the best photographers in America in the hardbound annual American Photography #11, #12, #23 & #28. In 2008 his work was honored best in the world by the World Photography Awards in Cannes. In 2004, 2009 and 2012 he was also honored by the International Photography Awards (IPA).

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