While the Fresh Prince of Bel Air made the journey from west coast to east in search of his role in the world, Douglas Lyle Thompson went in the opposite direction. And it turned out that role involved taking really fantastic photographs (DLT not the Fresh Prince, his role mainly involved winding up Carlton and making fat jokes about Uncle Phil).
Douglas has a wide ranging portfolio and has shot for a host of big name clients including Puma, Monocle and the Ace Hotel but for me it’s his landscape work that particularly jumps off the screen. It’s not just the absence of people from his beach- city- or mountainscapes that makes them so compelling, but the still, almost unbearable tension he creates through the perfect combination of vantage point, composition and use of light. Flicking through them you start to invest every scene with a vague but unnerving narrative which runs away with you before you have even fully taken in what you’re seeing. This now Brooklyn boy has one heck of a talent.
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