Inspired by natural science and consumer culture, Thomas Jackson juxtaposes mass manufactured consumer products within a natural environment to create a visual phenomena. Created in camera, the photographs from the series EMERGENT BEHAVIORvisually discard our earthly laws of gravity while simultaneously presenting the viewer with systems of pattern recognition such as swarming, clustering and migration. There’s a powerful feeling of believability presented within this series, one that might initially provoke questions regarding his artistic process. Was each photograph constructed as a digital manipulation or did he physically create the clusters? For me, the emotive response outweighs process by tenfold. I’d much rather connect to the moment and immerse myself within this luring sense of magic.

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