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

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…




Amok Island Paints Modern Minimalist Murals of Native Flora and Fauna

February 16, 2018

Laura Staugaitis

Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2017. ‘Zeus faber’ for SOBER WALLS Festival 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…



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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…




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…




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…