Thomas Porett

Ardmore, Pennsylvania, USA

The foundation of THOMAS PORETT'S work has always begun with the photograph, which has been rightly considered a “moment” often effectively standing as a singular, self-contained expression. Although this is certainly one important aspect of his photography, it has been clear to him that this is not necessarily the only or even the most important aspect of the medium. Given the capacity of the medium to produce a veritable stream of imagery, the reliance upon making a single image seemed to limit a basic characteristic of the medium.

As such, he has pursued exploration of the medium’s inherent multiplicity in several ways. Earlier in his career he created large-scale multimedia projection works that treated images as linguistic analogs in which sequences of images in time and juxtaposition enabled complex interactions of meanings to be created. The advent of computer photographic imaging expanded this potential and led to the creation of a number of interactive works in which he was able to further push the notion of narrative interaction within the imagery.

He has been increasingly involved in bringing this same sense of multiple image interaction into the print form. Integrating images of disparate temporal and spatial instances into a new reality has been the focus of this body of work. A duality of subject matter has continued to demand his attention. His interest in the simple elements of nature is visual and not a romantic praise of the actual object. He seeks visual ideas that initiate a process of discovery. He feels most successful when this search leads to unexpected surprises. He has been equally drawn to the dynamics of urban life and it’s rich diversity of experience and the equally compelling imagery of the natural world.

Since 2003 a new and very exciting avenue of work has opened up that may be roughly categorized as videographic/music. He has generated video sequences from still images that have then been composited into pieces ranging from four to nine minutes. The sound tracks are original compositions created on digital synthesizers.