While looking at the website of photoworks UK I came across the photographer Thomas Ball.
What I have seen in Thomas Balls work is a fantastic use of light. In his portraits and his landscapes. Thomas Balls work is based around current social issues and are ongoing projects. His photos are a use of Dead Pan, the light which is bright and white even when photographing derelict areas in Anfield, areas that could have been photographed in a gritty and dark manner for they are about to be bull dozed and are abandoned he has chosen to photograph them in a light and airy manner this then seems to be accentuated by the lack of people or life in most of the images. His style of photography I believe brings you in because you look at what seems like a light and airy image initially and see that there are run down buildings it makes you pose the question why has the photographer chosen to photograph this building. His images that I have seen on his website are set in a story and meant to be accompanied by other images. It would be difficult to have one image telling the entire story as this story is still unfolding we do not know where it will end.
The next story that I followed on his website was people who are electrosensitive.
This is a subject which I have heard whispers about however I was not aware of the real evidence out there. People who are sensitive to electromagnetic hypersensitivity. Often these people are treated as if they are crazy however many of them can tell you when their symptoms began. Remember it is not that long ago when cigarette companies were trying to tell us cigarettes did not harm our health and now every doctor will tell you not to smoke as it is a huge killer. One CEO mentioned how after many hours of mobile phone use he got to a point where every time he used a mobile phone he got headaches. A schoolteacher speaks of how when a WIFI computer system was put in his classroom he started to get headaches and palpitations. When this wifi system was removed his symptoms disappeared. Anyway we are here to talk photographically about his work so if you want to read more about these topics go to
From a lighting point of view the portraits of these sufferers are shown in their homes and workplaces. In places that we can relate to modern homes, dressed well, they are not portrayed when they are sick or suffering which in my opinion is a good choice due to the stigma and disbelief around this topic it shows how they are people like any other who happen to suffer the symptoms more than many. The light is bright again which to me gives a sense of modernity this is a modern day issue.
His photographs bear the bulk of information and the descriptions of each are short and to the point. The photos carry the evidence not the words so much. I am aware as I study this photographer for his use of light that my next assignment is on narrative. I have a couple of current social issues that are dear to my heart and I hope to photograph. I have learned from this photographer perhaps some new ideas of how to present my stories. This is a photographer I intend to follow and learn from over time.
Light art of photography working towards http://wp.me/p2dUJz-dO
- Tungsten and Flourescent post http://wp.me/p2dUJz-k0
- Light throughout the day exercise for assignment 4. http://wp.me/p2dUJz-jd
- Light science and magic experiment metal http://wp.me/p2dUJz-j7
- Direct and Diffuse reflection Experiment on a shiny subject. http://wp.me/p2dUJz-iVariety with a low sun (working towards 4) http://wp.me/p2dUJz-iN
- Direct and diffuse reflection experiment on a shiny subject http://wp.me/p2dUJz-it
- Experiment from light science and magic Using diffuse reflection and shadow to reveal texture. http://wp.me/p2dUJz-io
- David Noton – landscape light and colour http://wp.me/p2dUJz-ia
- Rodney Lough Jr – Landscape colour and light http://wp.me/p2dUJz-i5
- Peter Lik – Landscape colour and light http://wp.me/p2dUJz-i1
- Experiment from Light science and magic direct and polarised light. http://wp.me/p2dUJz-hP
- Irving Penn http://wp.me/p2dUJz-gT
- Christopher Capozziello – Photographer http://wp.me/p2dUJz-g7
- Light science and magic book http://wp.me/p2dUJz-g4