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Meet Alexander Thomas

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexander Thomas.

Alexander, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My life first started when I left Philadelphia in 2012, and I moved blindly to Arizona, to briefly attend Arizona State University for Filmmaking. After a tumultuous summer, I started shooting music videos full time or at least bouncing from job to job, to support my creative pursuits.  I don’t feel like I took anything seriously enough, or even valued my own work though until 2017 when I started working with models and studio lighting.

My wife pushed me to do more and follow my creative muses to a level I would have previously shied away from which really allowed me to really tenaciously follow that intense drive within me to create. This was all compounded in 2018 when I met Allen Henson, an incredible artist whose career I had followed since 2013.

Meeting someone so filled with passion about their craft sparked something sincere within me – this incredible push to create and push boundaries by telling stories with my photographs.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Has it been a smooth road? Certainly not haha, the road has been harsh, often unforgiving, while being simultaneously rewarding. It’s difficult to get to a point where you can make any sort of career out of art, and my varied income reflects this.

I think most people probably understand the struggles that come with this kind of a lifestyle – the stress and pressure to make ends meet, the amount of work that requires, etc – but a major thing that is rarely discussed is the commoditization of our industry.

To a large extent our craft has become incredibly overwhelmed by people willing to take advantage (typical things, like paying with “exposure”) as well as photographers willing to sell themselves short by not valuing their time or work enough.

My story in those regards is probably fairly similar to a lot of other people out there. If there’s any point in this, it should be that change can be only affected from within, and a good place to start is by supporting an artist directly.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I shoot fashion editorials that often push societies self-imposed boundaries. I use my work as a platform for both social and industry criticism, interpretation, and as a challenge for the people who view it to critically think.

I think the role of an artist is to partially critique and partially break convention, and I like to think my work straddles a medium between traditional fashion work and those facets of the human mind that are rarely showcased.

What were you like growing up?
I read a lot of books and watched a lot of old movies. My parents didn’t buy me a Gameboy- good call on their part.

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Image Credit:
Models: Bri Mai, Nicole Reinhard, Beck Bayer, Derek Hackman

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