Tom Marsh is a conceptual photographic artist based in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. His work is an ongoing analysis of the human condition in relation to physical aspects of the world in which he lives.
His most recent work 'A Moment in Time' looks at the patriarchal nuances of landscape photography and violent and possessive connotations of 'taking' photographs. The performance work gives photographs back to the land, de-constructing the process of making images. His weathered, decomposing pictures act as a metaphor for memory, which fades without physical proof.
Tom uses his own life experiences to influence his work. 'Neurotypicals (2014)' deals with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, calling into question individual perspectives on social norms. 'Take me to Paradise (2017)' leans on Tom's seven years as a coach driver, taking passengers to glamorous locations but revelling in the banality of backstreet coach parks and industrial estates, in which he was often forced to spend the day.
Tom has always looked upon the world from a philosophical standpoint. Having Asperger's Syndrome and Dyslexia provides a creative yet detached perspective. He lives a life in which people are unfamiliar, senses are heightened and everyday tasks are undertaken with anxious trepidation. Tom's photographic art work echoes this oxymoronic, chaotic beauty and amalgamates it into an analytical jigsaw.
Tom says, 'photography is my way of trying to gain a sense of order on the world. I am Autistic, I don't understand people, how they operate, why they do the things they do. I never make photos of people. I do however, understand the landscape, it is where I go to feel safe. By analysing how people interact with it, I can look for patterns, no matter how tenuous, and try to gain access to humanity and social behaviour. My camera is my shield and my weapon.'
After Graduating from a Masters Degree in Photographic Studies from the University of Westminster in 2014, Tom set up his own photography teaching business 'Yorkshire Photo Walks.' He still drives coaches alongside teaching and making his own work. In 2016 he launched his first ever mass public project 'The Yorkshire Dales Photographic Grid Project,' in which he enlisted the help of over 120 photographers to document their interpretation of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The work is not only a photographic map of the Dales, it also continues Tom's quest to clarify how people interpret the land around them.