An Interview With: Thomas Comber

Who are you and where did you study?

I am Thomas Comber and I studied commercial Photography at Norwich University of the Arts.

What is your artist statement for the body of work “Speed Bird“?

'Speed bird'  is a study of aviation that is informed by minimalism and graphic design. The UK was and still is one of the high-flyers of aeronautical design and engineering. This work presents the prototype Concorde and reflects the design and ideas of the 1960s as the UK and partners of this venture revolutionised travel in technology through civil supersonic flight.'

What/who do you think your main influences are?

This work was influenced artists and photographers i admire such as Luigi Ghirri and  Nick Ballon. Though I find a lot of influences and techniques are taken from mixed media's of research. This can be anything from something that takes my eye on Instagram to particular clips from Films like 2001 Space Odyssey which had the futuristic feel towards what I wanted to create. 

What genre do you consider your work to be?

I would consider my work to be generalised around graphic design and minimalism. I couldn't put it into a specific genre as my work is always changing and evolving.  

Your projects normally have some relation to aviation, how did you gain access to the subject?

I do collaborate with other creatives producing work that doesn't involve aviation however Most of my individual projects have something aviation related to them. 

The access I had to this particular body of work was pretty good. The subject matter within this series is based at Duxford Aerodrome within one of the main hangers which had a free roaming ability in and around the aircraft. The allowed my self to be as creative as possible around the subject matter. 

Technically how did you shoot this series?

I found the natural ambient light that was on the subject fine for the images I was looking to create. Setting up my camera on a tripod and studying the airframe of the aircraft eventually lead to the final selection. There was minor post production for each image. 

What are your reasons for limiting colour?

There was no reason for limiting any of the colour within my work. I was simplypresenting the colours that presented themselves within each photograph. 

Is this project finish and where are you going next?

This project at the moment has come to halt, though it is something I may approach in the future. What will go in the future is another big question for myself in general. I am interested in aerialAir to Air aviation photography and is something I have already invested my money and time into for personal for work. I know the Royal Air Force have certain photographic positions that could allow me to this type of photography.

What is the best piece of advice you could give the viewers of The Pupil Sphere?

I would say don't stop being taking pictures and being creative. Experiment as much a possible and learn from your mistakes.  Be strong when when people critically evaluate your work whether you agree or disagree with their comments and Most importantly believe in the work you create and do what matters to you. 

People might not necessarily be interested in aviation but if I can provoke a reaction of interest through the style I use towards such a subject then that is what matters to me.

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