Thomas Hanks is a self-taught photographer from Winchester, UK. Using traditional as well as digital techniques, he originally focused on landscape photography before getting seriously into portraits. Despite his young age, he possesses a stunning collection of memories and places that he has enjoyed in the past. Hanks’ work was featured on Artchipel over a year ago. Today he sat down to chat with Artchipel about his personal story, process and plans for future projects.
Artchipel: Who is Thomas Hanks? Can you introduce us to your practice?
Thomas Hanks: I’m a young photographer freshly graduated from the college in the UK. This year I’m going to University to study History, but I wish also to take my photography further. I used to focus on landscapes and woodlands, but am now becoming increasingly more excited about portraiture.
A: How has the photography initially captured your attention? Have you ever had any formal photographic training?
TH: It initially captured my attention when my mum got a Nikon D60, I was amazed at the DSLR and really enjoyed using it. It got to the stage where I was using it more than my mum was, so she gave me her Pentax P30 35mm camera. I started with macro photography of small animals and flowers. My interest for landscape photography increased as I discovered Tumblr that became my main source of inspiration. I’ve also moved onto digital after I got my own camera and lens that I adore.
I never thought about having a formal photographic training. I think I learn best by trying things myself and having fun. I believe to develop my own style a lot quicker, rather than learning from someone and doing how they do things.
A: What kind of gear do you use? How do you post-process? Share with us your creative process.
TH: I use a Nikon D7000 and the Nikon 50mm f/1.4, as well as 18-55mm when I’m doing landscapes. Obviously a tripod is a handy companion as well! Up until a month ago I used Afterlight on my iPod touch, a brilliant app to use if you don’t like filters. Recently I got Adobe Lightroom 5. As I was doing a wedding shoot, I thought it was time to invest in some proper processing software. It is amazing, it allows me to shoot in RAW and to processe to my hearts content. As far as the creative process goes, I stick to a few things and play around with them: exposure, contrast, hues, blacks and shadows. I mainly aim for depth!
A: How would you describe your work and what are you trying to express?
TH: For me, photographs never actually look the same as the place you were at when you captured the photo. When you take the photo, you have emotions, thoughts and enjoyment. I try and express that when processing, making the image feel and look what I thought the place did at the time. However I never try to glorify an image. I want to be truthful.
A: As a self-taught photographer, what were some of the most useful techniques that you found in your phase of experimentation?
TH: GET A FILM CAMERA. You can pick up working ones with a 50mm 1.8 lens for about £40 on eBay, or $50 ish. The film doesn’t have to be expensive. Experiment with everything on the camera and see the result! Be sure to remember what you did with each of the films. You don’t have to get a 35mm camera if you don’t want to. If you play with a digital camera, switch manual mode and play around with the settings to see what the aperture can do. It’s the best thing to play around with.
A: What is your project for the coming year?
TH: I’m going to London in July with a friend who sketches so lots of portraitures and street photography will be on its way soon. Also Hannah Peck and I will hopefully be going to out local city of Winchester and doing some collaboration around the lives and workplaces of local business people in Winchester!
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