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.
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.