Thomas Jackson


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Suspended Groups of Umbrellas, Lollipops, and Plates Swarm the Isle of Man in New Photographs by Thomas Jackson

October 9, 2018

Kate Sierzputowski

…brellas photographed on the Isle of Man, 2018, all images © Thomas Jackson Thomas Jackson (previously) uses man-made objects to imitate the self-organizing behavior of large groups of birds, fish, or insects in his ongoing series “Emergent Behavior.” For this project, the San Fransisco-based artist clusters brightly colored umbrellas, plates, or streamers together with the help of imperceptible filament, which makes the objects appear as if they a…




Amok Island Paints Modern Minimalist Murals of Native Flora and Fauna

February 16, 2018

Laura Staugaitis

…’ commissioned by FORM / Claremont Quarters North Fremantle, Western Australia 2015. ‘Blue Swimmer Crab’ for UNDERLINE festival Collaboration with Georgia Hill and Thomas Jackson in Erskineville, Sydney Surry Hills, Sydney 2017 ‘Mushroom Study’ Commissiones by Canva…



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Artist Thomas Jackson Suspends Swarms of Objects Mid-Air for His “Emergent Behavior” Series

October 14, 2016

Christopher Jobson

Cups no. 3, Novato, California, 2014 Photographer Thomas Jackson (previously) is intrigued by the movements and behaviors of swarms, something he seeks to replicate in temporary installations he constructs for the purpose of making a single photo as part of his Emergent Behavior series. From swarming locusts, to schools of fish or flocks of birds, the San Francisco-based artist recreates these self-organizing behaviors with common objects like pl…




Emergent Behavior: New Swarms of Hovering Objects Photographed in Place by Thomas Jackson

November 25, 2013

Christopher Jobson

Cups No. 2 / Courtesy Thomas Jackson Glow Sticks No. 2 / Courtesy Thomas Jackson Marshmallows No. 1 / Courtesy Thomas Jackson Plates No. 3 / Courtesy Thomas Jackson Post-Its No. 2 / Courtesy Thomas Jackson Straws No. 2 / Courtesy Thomas Jackson Thank You Bads No. 1 / Courtesy Thomas Jackson Yarn No. 2 / Courtesy Thomas Jackson Though we’ve featured these amazing swarm photos by Thomas Jackson here on Colossal several times in the last few years,…




Flying Swarms of Everyday Objects by Thomas Jackson

July 18, 2012

Christopher Jobson

…each in Greenport, NY. I simply used PS to remove the support that was holding the thing up, and to make a few other minor tweaks. So on the spectrum between “retouched image” and “real time image”, I’ve strived to make it closer to the latter. Jackson also mentions by email that the photo above using the leaves falls outside the realm of his usual approach and does involve a bit more digital editing. See much more here. (via flakphoto, thnx tanne…