Untitled by Kyle Thompson
I think I might start writing a journal here every one in a while. I don’t really have a personal outlet, and everything I do has felt so public lately. Maybe it could motivate me to keep track of things better because I feel like my photos sometimes act as a journal, but I don’t want to grow old and forget things.
I got back from Tokyo a few days ago. I spent the last few nights wandering the streets looking for some place interesting, and trying to get lost on the subway. I meant to shoot some personal work, but I think it’s sometimes good to just relax and just take things in.
I made a split decision to move to Oregon this winter. I mean, it’s something I had kind of planned, but it’s happening sooner than I had expected. I always dreamed of moving there and living in an artists commune of sorts. Spending days lugging props and building sets and trying to reorganize my thoughts into still images. I’ve been thinking a lot about what my work means to me, and that still yet constant non-existent narrative I’m trying to capture.
I found a warehouse I plan on renting when I get out there. It’s 1400 sq feet with an office attached. I want to start building sets and mess around with lighting and see what I can do with that. I’ll start collecting old furniture and thrift store junk and start building. I love doing more hands-on work. Like something more sculptural. I’m happy with what I’ve been creating, but I sometimes need to explore different aspects of photography to keep myself moving forward.
Things have been moving so fast and I’ve been reflecting a lot on how I got to this point and what the next step is. It’s odd because I never expected to make it to where I am, and I had spent countless nights daydreaming about the point in my life I now reached. It just doesn’t feel like I expected, but I’ve learned things normally don’t, but I’ve been really happy lately, so something is definitely going right.
Ill let you know when I get out there though. I’ll spend maybe five days driving across the country again, and it will feel good to be on the road again even if just for an instant.
untitled - Kyle Thompson
I got back from Tokyo and my friend and I went to an abandoned house
Anonymous said: i would like to know if you got some inspiration from Maia Flore ... because, sometimes, your work looks really like hers.... Don't u think? :)
I really like her work, but only learned of her recently! She is great though, we actually work through the same agency now
Anonymous said: Dude that's awesome that you're moving to Oregon! I happen to live here too! Whereabouts do you plan to reside?
Ill be in Eugene. I’ll be living with some friends (also photographers). Its just a temporary move for now, but Ill see what happens
I’m gonna move to Oregon this winter and I am so excited
I’ve been in Tokyo for a week, I’ll be back soon
Anonymous said: what do you feel about people copying your work?
Haa, this has been asked a lot the last few days, some one even sent me a side by side comparison showing my photos against some other photographer this morning. I guess it used to bother me more than it does now. I don’t get bothered at all if some one is starting out and mimics my work, that is completely flattering. There comes a point though, when I think you need to develop your own style and create work that represents you. A copied image loses all of its personal value; it becomes a technical feat rather than a personal artistic creation. I don’t really care if people copy my work anymore though. If you’re starting out and want to try to mimic a piece I did, then you should totally go for it! But creating an original style, and image that captures your inner self is so beautiful
Anonymous said: Witch camera do you use?
I get this question like 5 times a day haha, it’s very easy to find on my page! I use a canon 5D mark II. With that said, the camera you use isn’t that important (although having a DSLR is pretty important over a point and shoot camera). Having a good lens is more important, although I only own 2 lenses and both cost less than $200 (50mm 1.8 and 35mm 2.0). My older photos were taken with a canon 60D
It matters if you do it professionally, but not if youre starting out. The improvements between a $400 camera and $2300 camera are more about resolution, shooting speed, ISO quality, etc (Things that don’t matter much if youre starting out). If you have the same lens, you could take the same photos on any DSLR camera 95% of time time.
Anonymous said: do you consider your photos "surrealist"?
No, I think that is a misused description of my work. I guess you could call it organic surrealism though, since my work is much more “real” and existent than surrealism is