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

November 25, 2013

Christopher Jobson

Though we've featured these amazing swarm photos by Thomas…

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

March 16, 2021

Grace Ebert

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…

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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

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…

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

October 14, 2016

Christopher Jobson

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…

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Amok Island Paints Modern Minimalist Murals of Native Flora and Fauna

February 16, 2018

Laura Staugaitis

A native of The Netherlands and now based in Australia, Amok Island depicts flora and fauna that can be found in the locations of his colorful murals. The artist's distinctive minimal style is reminiscent of recent trends in digital design. However, his analog use of flat fields of color and geometric shapes to interpret the nuanced forms of animals and plants is a fresh take in the current mural scene. Amok writes on his website that if weren't an artist, he would be a biologist. He takes…

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Flying Swarms of Everyday Objects by Thomas Jackson

July 18, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Photographer Thomas Jackson continues 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. Quote via 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 it to be an integral part of my creative process. So I've set up some…

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