Thomas Brummett: Animalis

Terminal F, Concourse 3

  

Philadelphia photographer Thomas Brummett is known for his black-and-white silver prints of the natural world. He typically depicts a singular image - whether plant or animal - posed within an empty, yet atmospheric background. Although isolated from its natural environment, the object remains iconic and regal. It is Brummett's unique printing techniques - his use of brushes, bleaches, and toners - that differentiate the artist's work. His painterly process enables him to eloquently manipulate the print by blurring aspects of the subject and instilling an overall earth-toned haze. The resulting imagery is well integrated as the plant or animal visually blends in with its surroundings. The subject is portrayed as if an apparition that exists within other realms similar to dreams and memories that fade in and out of one's subconscious. And like dreams and memories, Brummett's photographs reside between feelings that are familiar and eerie both in subject matter and spiritual essence.

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