See & Discover | Tom Ferguson

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Our newest addition to Artdose Magazine is See & Discover. This new feature provides you with a glimpse of what artists are doing inside their studios and how they are coping with this pandemic.

We would like to introduce you to Kohler-based photographer, Tom Ferguson.

Ferguson subscribes to the Ansel Adams philosophy that there are at least two people in every photographic image; the photographer and the viewer(s). He aspires to keep you engaged and thinking about each facet of his photographs.

His subject interests range from western landscapes to Wisconsin farm scenes, character revealing portrait images, architectural extractions, and seeing the humor, texture, and patterns in daily life.

Ferguson’s hope is that one of his images, or a portion of an image, will cause you to pause, examine the light, wonder, notice a layer, see a bit of beauty or humor and then – look again.

The Hills Are Alive – is from my Quarantine Tips From Tom project and is my ode to Coronavirus, it’s all around us.

Artdose Magazine: What are you currently working on? 

Tom Ferguson: I’m working on two personal projects simultaneously.

First, I’ve been doing a daily photograph and posting relating to Coronavirus entitled “Quarantine Tips From Tom”. I’m doing this for multiple reasons – to keep me active in the studio, photographing. I’m using this time to increase and sharpen my Photoshop & lighting skills. I’m also doing it to add a daily dose of humor to a potentially grim, deadly situation that doesn’t seem to have clear boundaries or an end point. People are responding quite well and are saying that, in some cases, my photo and humor are the high point of the day while they’re quarantined.

Second, I’m working with County of Sheboygan, Dept of Health & Human Services oon a project entitled “Portraits In Diversity”. I’m taking portraits of Sheboygan County residents in an attempt to demonstrate the diversity of the county. I’m photographing men, women, kids, whites, blacks, gay, straight, Asian, Hispanic, etc. The portraits will be displayed in the main lobby of HHS later this year.

David & Lukas – is from Ferguson’s Portraits of Diversity Project 

AM: During this period when we are spending more time at home, what are you discovering about your studio practice?

TF: I spend a significant amount of time in my studio! I love the space and the solitude – it gets my creative juices going. Being a photographer there are numerous nooks in my space; a photo studio with lights, props, etc., a computer area for post processing of images, a printer area that holds my two wide format printers, a work area for cutting, mounting and framing my work. And an art repro area where I take images of other artists works and print them on fine art paper or canvas, so the artists can sell high quality prints in addition to original works. 

I’m discovering that I love my creative process and the studio in which many of my creative thoughts come to life. Being in the studio gives me a sense of freedom, creativity and an opportunity to find out how much is too much.

A glimpse of the creative process – using light meter and a grey card to assure proper lighting, exposure and color balance

AM: What are your top three possessions from your studio? Items I can’t live without.

TF: My camera equipment  2) My computer equipment  3) My printers

AM: What are your go-to-art documentaries or movies?

TF: “Exit Through The Gift Shop”; “The Picture Of Dorian Gray”

AM: What are you currently reading?

TF: Shakespeare For Squirrels by Christopher Moore

 Connect with Tom on IG at @tekneektom

Images courtesy of the artist.