introducing new series, To the Edge
To the Edge
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New Series: To the Edge
Exploring Iceland I stretched to look underneath, above, and around the edges of the landscape. What mattered was not right before my eyes, but delicately hidden in glaciers, volcanic rock, and ice, all of which have endured over many millennia. My photomontage series “To the Edge” celebrates the biodiversity of the natural world. Poet Allen Chamberlain inspired by my images, wrote this ghazal entitled Iceland, lines of which are incorporated into each image of the series.
~ Allen Chamberlain
Clouds of tangled lichen cleave to the edge.
And now look to the frost-heave at the edge.
How does life hold? The branchlet and blood-bowl?
It holds the shape of the rock, sheathes the edge.
The dark-phase gyrfalcon mantles her prey.
Crowberries glow; amber eve at the edge.
In the plain of stone and sand grief takes hold.
There glacial rivers blue-sleeve to the edge.
How to hear pipe and wail from birds circling?
Wing and entrails burnt—cerise at the edge.
Table-land is set with stone lichen nets.
Rust-brown rosettes, goblets sheave at the edge.
Green luster of meltwater enfolds ice;
Skeins of aurora, reprieve from the edge.
Let grey ash imprison the horizon.
Light and pink gentian in-weave at the edge.
Does grief give way? Perhaps not. But enter—
A land of chambered ice—reeved to the edge.
All my life I have held a fascination with the animal kingdom, which began in my childhood growing up on a farm and extended into my adult years. On some inexplicable level I feel a special connection with both domesticated and wild animals. In this series Animal Visions my photomontages tell stories about these relationships.
While working on Animal Visions I found myself circling back to the influence of magic realism. In the early 20th century Latin American writers and artists used magic realism to create images, which with a simple twist go beyond the expected into the unexpected. In this series I have constructed images to tell unfinished stories, which initially might seem true and believable, but likely are improbable. As I imagined in my childhood the animals and humans share a kindred connection.
Tom Chambers was born and raised on a farm in the Amish country of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Tom completed a B.F.A. in 1985 from Ringling School of Art, Sarasota, Florida with an emphasis in graphic design and strong interest in photography. For many years Tom has worked as a graphic designer, including the design of packaging and magazines. Since 1998 Tom has devoted himself to photomontage for sharing the intriguing unspoken stories which reflect his view of the world and elicit feelings in the viewer.
Tom's work has been shown nationally and internationally through solo and group exhibitions, as well as in a wide range of print and online publications. Recently, NPR's (National Public Radio) "All Things Considered" and "All Songs Considered" presented a collaborative Project Song based on the photograph "Black Dog's Retreat" (October 12, 2009). Tom has received recognition for his photography through a variety of awards, such as Worldwide Photography Gala Awards, First Place Digital Enhanced; Fotoweek DC, First Place Fine Arts (2009) and Second Place Fine Arts (2008); Critical Mass Top 50 (2008 and 2006); and Texas Photographic Society National Competition Third Place (TPS #18, 2009) and First Place (TPS #15, 2006). Tom has received fellowships from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.
Now available in either regular or limited edition box set, Entropic Kingdom by Tom Chambers.