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    Thomas Brown/Sarah May: Memorial

Thomas Brown and Sarah May create an oddly optimistic portrait of creative frustration

Posted by Rob Alderson,

We’re massive fans of Thomas Brown’s clever, conceptual photography, which tends to take intelligent ideas and use them to cease something beautiful to look at. His newest work, a collaboration with the equally tremendous Sarah May is Memorial a series examining the darker moments of the creative process, “an expression of hope, celebration and beauty.”

By fusing traditional motifs (flowers/candles) with more unusual objects (chewing gum, balloons) the pair have produced a project which aches with a familiar melancholy but appears to offer a quite optimism that everything will, in the end, turn out ok.

Powerful but not melodramatic, they should be a comfort for anyone struggling with the Sisyphean frustrations of creative endeavour.

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    Thomas Brown/Sarah May: Memorial

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    Thomas Brown/Sarah May: Memorial

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    Thomas Brown/Sarah May: Memorial

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    Thomas Brown/Sarah May: Memorial

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    Thomas Brown/Sarah May: Memorial


Posted by Rob Alderson

Editor-in-Chief Rob oversees editorial across all three It’s Nice That platforms; online, print and events. He has a background in newspaper journalism and a particular interest in art, advertising and photography. He is the main host of the Studio Audience podcast.