Thomas Jackson, Emergent Behavior

Thomas Jackson’s series Emergent Behavior is about expecting the unexpected, photographing “airborne swarms of common objects” in new and unforeseen circumstances.

His work is otherworldly, but hopeful. He employs incredible and sophisticated usage of light and shadow in every work that he creates. The result is magical.

I see a mutant, strange universe in his photographs, a sort of alternate reality that hinges on our own existence for inspiration but easily departs from it.

Thomas writes:

The images attempt to tap fear and fascination that those phenomena tend to evoke, while creating an uneasy interplay between the natural and the manufactured and the real and the imaginary. At the same time, each image is an experiment in juxtaposition. By constructing the pieces from unexpected materials and placing them in environments where they seem least to belong, I aim to tweak the margins of our visual vocabulary, and to invite fresh interpretations of everyday things.

  1. Awesome! The leaves over the street really does look like a flock of birds.

    • You know, I hadn’t noticed that. It really does… that is seriously cool.

      • Yea, emergent behavior is a concept involved with simulating systems like flocking birds. Interestingly humans behave the same way in large groups. They use similar algorithms for testing emergence exit placement in stadiums.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: