Born in London, England, Thomas has lived and travelled extensively throughout Europe, East and South East Asia. However, he currently resides in the region of Puglia, in Southern Italy, where he also has his studio. Thomas first picked-up a camera around the age of 8, his Father being a keen photographer. He started working in a professional capacity in 1984, shooting freelance editorial, primarily for the fashion industry. However, photography remained very much a secondary profession until early 2000, when the onslaught of the digital revolution enticed Thomas to resign from his principal profession as an investment banker, and pursue a full-time career as a photographic artist.
Thomas first picked up a camera around the age of 8, his Father being a keen photographer. He started working in a professional capacity in 1984, shooting freelance editorial, primarily for the fashion industry. Photography however remained very much a secondary profession until early 2000, when he was enticed to resign from his principal profession of investment banker, and pursue a full-time career as a photographic artist.
Thomas has a unique artistic style, which he terms "Imaginistic", leaving the onlooker to deduct the ultimate conclusion of what his images portray. In December 2006, Thomas established the Art Movement "Imaginism", to accommodate his own imagery, and in compliment to the poetic movement of the same name.
Although Thomas has a varied portfolio of work, he is inspired by female beauty, capturing the sensuality and sexuality of woman, which remains his principal subject matter. His works within the ?art-nude? and ?erotic-nude? genres have now gained international recognition, and Thomas has works in both private and public collections worldwide. Thomas also shoots commercially working exclusively within the fashion and beauty sectors.
Thomas has also ventured into the fields of interior design, and fashion design, working in collaboration with numerous fashion and interior designers, he fusions his work on to clothing, furnishings and interior decorations, using a variety of support materials.
Although Thomas has studio facilities near his home in Puglia, he works primarily with natural light, preferring this to the artificial environment of studio lighting. He excels in the manipulation of light, often working at the extremes of both high-key and low- key photography. His work has been quoted as ?bordering on experimental, focusing less on the subject and more on the formal aspects of the image, the light, movement and composition. In particular movement, which give his images an intense atmosphere, masking the formal subject and replacing it with sensuality and suspense?. Thomas? images have been described as ?surreal?, ?manifesting within a dream? and even as ?a gift from heaven?.
In 2006, Thomas was awarded the title of ?Spider Fellow?, having won a prestigious ?Nominee Award? in ?The Black and White Spider Awards?. The Black and White Spider Awards is "the leading international award honoring excellence in black and white photography". Thomas was further honored when he won a further 5 Nominee Awards in the 2007 competition.
Thomas has also won ?Nominee Awards? in the 2006, 2007 and 2008 ?Photography Masters Cup?. The Photography Masters Cup is a global online award show recognizing excellence in color photography. Thomas also received an ?Honorable Mention? in the 2008 IPA-Lucie Awards in the Fine Art Nude category, for his series entitled ?Romantica?.
Thomas is currently working on seven books, two of which are scheduled for publication late 2009/early 2010. This includes his first monograph entitled "Imaginism", which in "Limited Series" version, will incorporate a specially scored music CD, providing the reader with a full sound and vision experience.
Thomas? work is published in the first volume of "The World's Greatest Black & White Photography", the "Photography Masters Cup Yearbook 2008" and ?The Erotic Review Photographer of the Year Prize ? The Book?. His work is also published in many magazines (both print and online), including the April 2009 edition of USA Playboy (print) and GQ Magazine Girl's Gallery(online).
Thomas has artworks in many private and public collections, including; Davis Polk Wardwell, Sony Corporation, Universal Corporation, Shanghai University and Chi Mei Museum, to name but a few.
My principal focus is on the creation of images which I define as "imaginistic". Be it the beauty of the female form or that of an architectural monument. Such images will leave your imagination to complete the picture. You will see (or not see) as much (or as little) as you so desire. Your own imagination is primarily the key to your own personal interpretation of much of my work.
- Name: Thomas Hodges
- Country: GB
- Website: http://www.photoconception.com
- Discipline: PHOTOGRAPHER