1. Two truths and a lie about you, please
I’m super-organized, I’m good with plants, and I support myself as a foot model. Actually those are all lies.
2. Scenes presented in your photos have a an ominous feel to it, as if something bad is about to happen. Was that your intention and could you tell little more about ideas that drive your creative process?
Yes that was absolutely my intention. There’s an undercurrent of fear and anxiety that runs through a lot of my work: fear of change, fear of the natural world. And fear of chaos. I’m particularly interested in mankind’s desire to seize control of his natural surroundings. You could say that the installations, monsters, or whatever you want to call them, are the unintended by-products of that overreaching tendency.
3. Who makes those light installations that are featured in your work?
I do. Most of them are made from wire mesh, sticks and leaves. Some are suspended from the trees, others clamped to light stands, which I remove in post-production. To get the various spooky effects I use fluorescents, strobes, gels and smoke bombs. I generally destroy them upon completing the shoot, mainly because they’re so unwieldy. Some are up to 8 feet tall.
4. Best line from a song
I was afraid I’d eat your brains. –The National
5. Who should we interview next?
E.F. Kitchen. She has a new book out from Powerhouse featuring portraits of Middle-Ages re-enactors, all shot in black and white with a vintage 8X10 view camera. Think Matthew Brady in 13th century England.
More works by Thomas Jackson.