Working with the elements can often seem like an uphill battle, especially for photographers. But Californian artist Thomas Jackson has adapted to the challenge by letting the wind collaborate in his art. Together, man and nature have created a series of dreamlike images featuring the changing shapes of colorful tulle hovering above the Californian seascapes in a strong breeze.
âI’ve been thinking a lot lately about the possibility of human-made systems operating in sync with nature, rather than in opposition to it,â Jackson told My Modern Met. “With this latest body of work, I have explored this theme in my modest way, trying to create sculptures that respond to the elements rather than resist them.” To do this, the artist needed a material that would withstand bad weather. He chose nylon tulle because it is light, flexible, very durable and can be used for multiple sessions.
âIn the past I have viewed the wind as a threat to my outdoor installations, which are often quite fragile, but in 2020 I adopted the strong breezes off California as my artistic collaborator, the force that could turning lifeless pieces of fabric into rapids – moving brush fires, rolling fog, super blooms of wildflowers or other natural phenomena, âhe continues. While nebulous textiles resemble kites in some images, in others their shapes take on a more cottony appearance.
The series takes place primarily on the scenic shores of Point Reyes and Stinson Beach in northern California, near San Francisco. âThe initial inspiration for the series was fire,â says Jackson. âAs a California resident living in a vulnerable area, the threat of fire and the resulting pollution have become a constant concern. Once I started shooting, however, the work took on a life of its own. Some installations have come to resemble fire, but others have taken on more abstract and impenetrable forms. As it turns out, Wind is not a reliable artistic collaborator, and many shoots turned out to be completely different from what I initially envisioned. However, fire remains the guiding inspiration for this series as I go along.
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Artist Thomas Jackson “harnesses the wind” in his latest series of photographs.
Her dreamlike images capture colorful tulle floating above Californian seascapes.
The wind transforms the lifeless fabric into living things that grow and swell with the breeze.
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