Some photographers prefer the observer to approach their visuals with a complete open mind, unprovoked and not influenced. Thomas Bourry is not one of them. Or is he? Each time Thomas starts a new project, he ends up having series that can go up to hundred or more photos. And not without reason because the camera is very much Thomas third eye. An eye that looks into a different reality than our regular world. An eye that sees things and helps us to see things in a clear and honest way. But instead of leaving the unwritten story of the scenes up to our imagination, Thomas likes to give a certain direction to our train of thought by naming his work.
It doesn’t matter whether it is an individual shot or a set of multiple images, when Thomas Bourry shoots his subjects, he does it with a defined idea in his mind. Of course it is always possible that the result is not exactly what he intended it to be, but the main concept is always there. And that makes his images not just photos but photographic tales. Windows into a visual poem about passion and broken hearts. And surprisingly so, by naming his work, Thomas does not limit our imagination. On the contrary. The mostly short, one word names of his collections direct us to an visionary area and allows us to connect with his portraits in a dreamlike, most fantasy-like way.
Thomas Bourry has the rare talent to weave words with images. Where others strive for a staged perfection of casualness Thomas has accepted the fact his images are constructions of visions, building an imaginary world that is so close to reality that all his work looks like snapshots. That is what makes his work so strong in story telling and that is what makes his photos so raw in emotions. –BM-
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