Tom Arnold

Statement

My practice confronts and compliments the idea of narrative, exploring the uncertain reality of photography, resulting in conceptually led portraits and landscapes. Born from intuition and experience of surroundings, my work becomes a natural process.

Achievements & Experience

Achieved a First in most recent work 'Without a Corpse' which explores the archive of an undiscovered Loch Ness Monster hunter. The work is currently featured on the Photograd online graduate show 2020.

'How Green Are The Mountains Now' was shown at a Print Space event at Kongs Cardiff and at RawFfest in the Millenium Centre Cardiff.

My portrait work for musicians has featured on Rough Trade and in Yuck Magazine.

Contact

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Featured Projects:

Without a Corpse

Without a Corpse follows in the footsteps of a Loch Ness monster hunter by the name of Ian Milne Noone. His photographic archive and notebooks guide the way through the fog of uncertainty. Noone’s search for the truth gave him purpose, his photographs mark the progress of his journey.

How Green Are The Mountains Now

These photographic sites of collieries in Wales are where mining accidents have resulted in death. Over time, the collieries have been demolished or the landscape reformed. The aim of this project is to remember the significant injustice of our past, so to see the post-industrial landscape of Wales.

Going Places

This work was inspired by the inability to travel during the lockdown period. My work is heavily reliant on the ability to move freely but with the covid related resrictions I took the opportunity to respond. This photograph was taken on a virtual trip to the Isle of Skye.

A Dead Canary

My photographs are inspired by the film script from ‘A Dead Canary’. The narrative stays true to the script but I photographed from an alternate perspective. Using semiotics, stories and myth to visualize this perspective, the series promotes the use of imagination to create a more personally developed narrative.

Location Unknown

An abandoned landscape is open to interpretation. The rubble was more than waste to us, it presented an opportunity that manifested into skate-able objects. We faced complications and the harsh reality that we would never finish our castle in the air.

Plastic Flowers Don't Rot

The Watchman’s Hut is situated on the Rhigos mountain. The hut was occupied by a watchman until the early 1990’s when the council decided the position was unnecessary. The last watchman, George Cole, made sculptures out of wire and plastic which continue to occupied the mountain road.