I am Michael Thomason, writer, photographer, and occasional chef.
Contact me on +44 7964 166 775 or firstname.lastname@example.org
With a background in human geography, my photographic practice focuses on the links between environments and their human and non-human subjects.
More specifically, I am driven by two particular interests: the desire to examine human subjectivity in relation to the arduous environments associated with isolated resource extraction communities; and the intimate politics and affects of life and death.
The latter interest - how we deal with death and social reproduction in sites where we find ourselves close to dying and killing - is materialized in three on-going projects: a short film about my mother's experience of living with motor neurone disease, a rapidly progressing and terminal neurological condition; an attempt to rewrite/re-present a crime thriller my father left unfinished upon his death in 2013; and an ongoing engagement with ferreting, a fieldsport in which ferrets, humans, and occasionally dogs and birds of prey are orchestrated in the aim of killing rabbits.
Those interests, ranging from drudgery of work to the spectacle of killing, might seem very different. And they are. Yet what ties together the ostensibly divergent areas of inquiry is an engagement with biopolitics; the messiness and entanglements of the reproduction, animation and termination, of both the body politic and of the flesh.
More photographs and writing can be found on my blog, Pas d'hospitalite.
2016 MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography, London College of Communication, Distinction
2011 MA Geography, University of British Columbia, Distinction
2007 BA (hons) Geography, University of Manchester, 1st Class