The book is a collection of structures and places that memorialize the dead. These include cemeteries, free standing crypts, semi buried crypts, cemetery buildings and roadside memorials. It's a study of the frailty of memory and the passage of time.
Tom’s early inspiration was found in the work of German objective photographers Albert Renger Patsch and Bernd & Hilla Becher. His early obsession with these masters led to him taking on a vaguely Bavarian accent, wearing lederhosen, drinking large quantities of Düsseldorf Altbier and travelling around in a VW microbus strewn with film plates, a view camera and empty Reisling bottles. His earliest attempts at capturing the essence of ‘Neue Sachlichkeit’ was expressed in a single minded pursuit of water tower photography. What started out as a well-intentioned undertaking almost resulted in arrest when the police were called to investigate a report of what appeared to be an Oktoberfest reveller who was scaling a large metal water tower in Kenmore, New York. Tom has since dropped his European stylistic trappings, cut back on reisling consumption and refocused his view on other constructs and remnants of modern post-industrial society.
Early Shirley Published June 27, 2013
Vernacular Architecture of Detroit liquor stores Published January 31, 2012
LIFT Published January 11, 2012
blandscapes Published December 28, 2011
FOND MEMORY CORPORATION, Fall 2011 Published October 17, 2011
Wooden billboards Absecon Blvd Published September 28, 2011
GRAIN Published September 15, 2011
Leaving La Butte Published August 14, 2011