Tom lives in rural Buckinghamshire, UK, just outside of London, where he was born and spent many years of his life. When he ventures into the city it is his urban playground. He often listens to techno music while shooting and editing, letting the strength of the beats and rhythm echo into his photographs.
“The ever changing (as well as historic and hidden) cityscape provides a canvas of opportunities for the photography effects I am trying to achieve, as do a large number of modern art galleries and museums. London often appears to be a mecca for diverse characters, oddities, and general miscellany … the perfect background for any photographer!
“On a more visceral level, it’s fair to say that the industrial aspect of London has a strong connection with the drum-and-bass and techno music that I listened to when I was growing up. London definitely acts as a conduit that aids me to recreate and reminisce on a significant part of my life in the ‘90s and heavily influences my style of photography.”
In his meticulously organized way, Tom shows up with a plan. He researches locations he’d want to shoot and understands the timing and conditions that will be at play ahead of time.
“I thoroughly research locations so that I can compose different ideas for photos before I arrive. I like to have a few options [for shots] because in reality being in the situation can feel quite different than generating ideas behind a computer screen. If I don’t have a strong idea or concept I normally just end up wandering around a place or changing my mind so many times that I wouldn’t necessarily come out with anything rewarding.”
This year Tom plans to return to Colombia to camp for an extended period and explore desert-scene light photography with his own techno flare. He’s also launching a weekly photography club for his students to collaborate and collect enough work to present a gallery opening by the end of the 2017 academic year.
To follow Tom Knowles and his photography check out his Flickr Photostream or reach out to invite him for collaborations. You can also find him in the Critique Portfolio Pro Group on Flickr (if you think you have tough enough skin).”
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