Thomas Jackson


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Colorful Tufts of Tulle Float Down the California Coastline in New Photographs by Thomas Jackson

March 16, 2021

Grace Ebert

All images © Thomas Jackson, shared with permission 2020 was a year of many realizations, but for Thomas Jackson (previously), the most profound was “proof of the adage that creativity thrives under constraints.” Known for suspending swarms of everyday objects on the rocky shores of the Isle of Man or desert locales across the southwest U.S., the photographer shifted his practice as lockdowns spread and limited his ability to travel beyond nearby landscapes. The resulting series reflects these restrictions and focuses on a single location and adaptable material: swaths of colorful nylon float above the beaches and down the California…



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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

Umbrellas 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 are floating through the landscape on their own.After each installation he makes sure to recycle and dispose of all items responsibly, with no damage occurring to the environment during installation or take down….




Amok Island Paints Modern Minimalist Murals of Native Flora and Fauna

February 16, 2018

Laura Staugaitis

…(side 1) Commissioned by FORM WA and CBH Ravensthorpe, Western Australia 2016. ‘Six Stages of Banksia Baxteri’ (in progress) Commissioned by FORM WA and CBH Axolotl, Mexico Fremantle, Western Australia 2015. ‘Praying Mantis’ for PUBLIC Festival Port Hedland, Western Australia 2015. ‘Flatback Turtle Hatchling’ commissioned by FORM WA Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2016. ‘Horse Chestnut’ Commissioned by LTS / Spooker Claremont, Western Australia 2017. ‘Mushrooms’ 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 plastic cups, party streamers, or hula hoops. Each piece is made as seen here using various methods of filament and other hidden structures that hold everything in place for the photograph—nothing is digitally…




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, the photographer continues to perfect his technique and has published many new images since we checked in last year. In the…




Flying Swarms of Everyday Objects by Thomas Jackson

July 18, 2012

Christopher Jobson

I was excited to discover photographer Thomas Jackson (previously here and here) has continued his Emergent Behavior series where he photographs airborne swarms of common objects like Post-It notes, cheese balls, and plates in environments where you would least expect them. He also reverses the concept, shooting items from nature like sticks and leaves against an urban backdrop. You’re probably wondering how some of these are made, so I’ll quote Jackson from over on Flak Photo’s Facebook: I have struggled with the role of Photoshop in my work. I can’t make my images without it, yet I don’t really want…