wrote: “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance
of things but their inward significance”. One method for disclosing
the inward significance of things is described by the painter
Mondrian: “I wish to approach truth as closely as is possible, and
therefore I abstract everything until I arrive at the fundamental
quality of objects”. Take away dimensionality; take away color;
choose a point of focus; impose your own perspective and see things
in a new way. A leaf becomes a triangle; grains of gray become flesh
and bone; a concrete wall becomes a spiritual barrier between old and
new. As Thoreau said, “It’s not what you look at that matters,
it’s what you see.”
a product of South Carolina, Tom has lived all over our state.
Educated at Wofford, Duke and USC he spent his working life managing
information technology for public libraries. In retirement he returns
to photography which was an early love. His first camera was bought
with Bounty paper towel labels and $1.95 for shipping.