I want to create photographs that ask questions rather than answer them.
Name: Thomas Morris
Hometown: Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, UK
Style of photography: Contemporary Landscape / Fine Art Documentary
Type of camera(s): Nikon 35mm, Olympus 35mm, Mamiya 120mm and occasionally a Sinar 5/4.
Website: thomasmorris.carbonmade.com & Flickr
What gives you inspiration?
I am interested in the atmosphere within spaces on the edges of towns and cities, particularly when human activity is absent. Industrial estates, out of town shopping centers and motorway service stations are all environments I find intriguing and often so beautiful. I am inspired by night time photography adventures, usually on my own, in search of spaces that are silent and dehumanised. I like the idea that when people have left, these environments take on a life of their own.
What are your influences?
I am hugely influenced by the work of Paul Graham, particularly his earlier projects including A1 and Troubled Land. I also love the work of Richard Billingham, Mark Power and Simon Roberts as well as the obvious classics, William Eggleston, Robert Adams and Stephen Shore. Equally, I think that being surrounded by so many talented photographers in art college is incredibly inspiring, something I am fortunate to be a part of.
Why did you choose these photos?
To me, these photographs convey some sense of mystery. In each image there are very few signs to locate each place, not something I find important within my work. It is more about how the photographs make you feel, I hope that these images may provoke a reaction. There is not a defining, obvious message inherent within the compositions so to me, this is what might make them more interesting than others.
What does photography mean to you?
I want to create photographs that ask questions rather than answer them. This is what photography means to me, a way of challenging our interpretation of the world. In the world of photography, anything and everything can be beautiful, and this is the reason why I love it.
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