Out of the Darkness

Out of the Darkness
Limited edition archival pigment prints

60″ x 60″ – editions of 3
40″ x 40″ – editions of 6 + AP
24″ x 24″ – editions of 15 + AP

Cities represented:

Thomas is a Toronto photographer who creates abstract visualizations of the images he takes on his travels. In this series, he creates luminous and iridescent mandalas whose goal is to give the power to heal. They show a way to find beauty and hope in the trench of troubled sadness. These images are his response to the madness and chaos in our world, as well as a way to pay tribute to the victims of useless hate and violence.

Each piece is titled by the city and the date of the event.  It is up to the viewer to discover the connections.

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Thomas est un photographe torontois qui crée des visualizations abstraits des images qu’il a prises pendant ses voyages.  Dans cette série, il a  créé  des mandalas lumineux et iridescents qui ont comme but, la puissance de guérir.  Ils nous montrent un façon de retrouver la beauté et l’espoir dans la tranchée d’une tristesse troublée. Ces images sont sa réponse a la folie et le chaos dans notre monde, aussi bien qu’un façon de rendre hommages aux victimes de la haine et de la violence, tous les deux inutiles.

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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.

To see updated work visit:  https://www.instagram.com/thomasbrasch/

For more about the artist:  https://thomasbrasch.com/about/

Oculus

Limited edition archival pigment prints (framed or unframed)
40″ x 40″ – editions of 6
24″ x 24″ – editions of 10

The original series which reflects the natural world around us.  The source images are mostly still life selections. There are a few that are actually landscapes.

 

Oculus Constructed

Limited edition archival pigment prints (framed or unframed)
40″ x 40″ – editions of 6
24″ x 24″ – editions of 10

Tapestry

Limited edition archival pigment prints (framed or unframed)
40″ x 40″ – editions of 6
24″ x 24″ – editions of 10

This series of carpets from the Middle East were inspired by our friend, Golnar Rasty, who told me to come to her house and photograph her carpets.  She thought that they might work into something when she saw Untitled #15 from the original series.  She is a pathologist.  I am married to one as well.  They have a trained eye for patterns – mostly at the cellular level – but I can see how the tiny microcosms they look at on a daily basis can translate into the environments we live in.

I also had the opportunity to photograph many carpets at the Turco Persian Rug Company, courtesy of  Jessica Kasparian and Dan Buganto who threw their opens to greet my lights and camera.

Through all of this, I learned so much about what I thought were just Persian carpets.  They are not only Persian, but can be Turkish, Uzbekistanian, Afghani, etc.  These carpets are named after their geographical region as well as the common characteristics and materials found within the carpet weavers traditions.  There carpets from Qom, Tabriz, and Isfahan, for instance within the current borders of Iran/Persia.  Many of the tribes were also nomadic and crossed many borders many times.

Perisa 14 which was featured in the Snap 2018 Live Auction and is also the source of a blog post on Medium.com is actually a Turkish Heriz.  The blog is entitled Knots of Life.

 

 

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