Out of the Darkness
Limited edition archival pigment prints
60″ x 60″ – editions of 3
40″ x 40″ – editions of 10 + AP
24″ x 24″ – editions of 15 + AP
Out of the Darkness is a series of commemorative, documentary and aesthetically pleasing works based on how cities heal after a tragedy. Toronto-based photo artist Thomas Brasch documents international locations that have witnessed acts of violence. He takes photographs of notable architectural landmarks, in order to create iridescent jewel-like photographic abstractions.
This series provides an intelligent way of initiating a discussion on the tragedies of random violence with the use of representational imagery. In this collection, we see beyond the chaos and destruction and find a way to reconnect with ourselves, with each other and with our living spaces.
Each creation is a manipulation of a single rectangular source image which is captured in the different cities represented. The image undergoes a transformation through multiple iterations and layering in order to create a dynamic geometry which resonates with our collective humanity.
The circle can be seen as a symbol of wholeness and perfection, or of power, motion and time. It becomes the basis of the meditative and healing elements derived from the Buddhist mandalas, Christian Rose windows, and the concentric circles found in Islamic and Judaic spiritual imagery.
Each piece is titled by the city and the date of the event. It is up to the viewer to discover the connections.
This series made its debut during Contact 2018, in Toronto. Since 2015, he has been developing and refining his technique. His process includes researching incidents and scouting the cities to find an appropriate source image. In the studio, hours are dedicated to editing and manipulating to achieve the final image.
Thomas seeks to donate an Artist Proof of each image to the respective organizations that are creating memorials for these events.