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Swarms of Inanimate Objects Makes Them Come Alive

By Joseph Cha on November 15th 2013

Photographer Thomas Jackson has a series of photos that mimics behaviors of animals using inanimate objects. The results are mesmerizing because the inanimate objects look unnervingly alive. Here’s an excerpt from Jackson’s website explaining his series of photos.


“The hovering installations featured in this ongoing series of photographs are inspired by self-organizing, “emergent” systems in nature such as termite mounds, swarming locusts, schooling fish and flocking birds. The images attempt to tap the mixture of fear and fascination that those phenomena tend to evoke, while creating an uneasy interplay between the natural and the manufactured and the real and the imaginary. At the same time, each image is an experiment in juxtaposition. By constructing the installations from unexpected materials and placing them where they seem least to belong, I aim to tweak the margins of our visual vocabulary, and to invite fresh interpretations of everyday things.”

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It’s  great when a photographer has a refreshing new view on things. Are you challenging yourself to see things differently? Let us know what you’re working on in the comments!

[Source: Wired]


I’m a photographer and cinematographer based in Southern California. When I don’t have a camera in my face I enjoy going to the movies and dissecting the story telling and visual aesthetics.

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  1. Hanssie

    Very interesting. And different.

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