Thomas Ridgwan

2018,  BA (Hons) Photography, University for the Creative Arts, 

Thomas Ridgway’s photographic practice combines dramatic representations of the male body and self-portraiture to create semiautobiographical images which often conjoin the worlds of reality and make believe to construct new worlds that hold strong personal impact. His work often revolves around elements of life that capture his imagination, that help to construct a world, a character or a emotion that can be brought to life and by using his own personal experiences, allows the depth of reality to hold a presence in what he constructs and provide relatable context to the images he makes. With his most recent body of work, Ridgway took inspiration from his own life events from the past year and from psychological studies such as Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs to create fine art constructed narratives that combine fantasy influences with personal themes of love, anxiety, self - discovery and self acceptance. These approachable and common themes help to show the universal qualities of how we all pursue life to fulfil our needs but also identify how similar we all are and how what we wish for in our minds often reflect the needs we wish to fulfil. 
Ascending From The Ashes
Photography 
594 cm x 841 cm
Fighting Off Darkness
Photography 
594 cm x 841 cm
Beautifully Damaged
Photography 
594 cm x 841 cm

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