Thursday, March 29, 2007

Thomas Bangsted

This is the first in a series of posts I'll be doing on the individual artists in Looking The Other Way. To receive a pricelist or for more information on Thomas Bangsted's work, please contact me.

Thomas Bangsted's photographs are easily recognizable for being so carefully composed, so precisely balanced, so perfectly imperfect - one may suspect they are digitally composed. However, Bangsted is a purist, in a field of digital hybrids.

He has a wonderful way of setting up the shot, so that found locations are infused with a sly humour. Like the image below, where, in a remote field, he found a car and helicopter abandoned, nose-to-nose. It's as if an action movie from the 1970's suddenly came to a screeching halt.

Thomas Bangsted, Untitled (Car and Helicopter), 2004, C print, 30 x 40in

Thomas Bangsted, Norland, 2006, C print, 31 x 55in

This is a photographer in the truest sense, one who travels extensively with his camera. After selecting a scene, he studies the site to get just the right angle and then, at times, waits for hours for the light to be perfect. In Norland, seen above, one can imagine how long he had to wait for the sea and sky to melt seamlessly into each other.

Thomas Bangsted, Watering Place, 2005, C print, 40 x 47in

I must admit, this is one of my favourite images. It's so serious, so banal, save for the algae in the pond that makes it look like the cows are wading in a great dollop of mint frosting.

Thomas Bangsted's photographs have been exhibited at Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen and ecArt Space, London, among many others. This spring, the artist will graduate from Yale University with an MFA in photography. For more information on Thomas Bangsted's work, please contact me.


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