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After featuring Lorick Fall 09 collection that was a big hit we wanted to interview the man behind the lens. Tom Hines has a wonderful cinematic sense about his work, his photography feels like walking into a Hitchcock movie.

What did you study?
I studied Fine Art at Cooper Union in New York City. Its a small, interdisciplinary program, which, in retrospect is extraordinary because a student has access to all media and modes of expression without having to declare one as a focus. That access was great, but I was obsessed with the history of the so-called avant guard. I tried to make sure my study correlated with what was going on in high-minded contemporary art. Because of this mindset, I kind of neglected craft in order to catch up on theory jargon. Besides, craft wasnt rewarded in contemporary art. The end result was, I basically studied how not to be a photographer, and I struggled for a long time after school to find my way back to celebrating beautiful, complicated things that dont concisely illustrate an artists thesis.

Have you always wanted to be a photographer?
Yes! But its not that simple. Often youll hear photographers self-mythologizing (Im not condemning this, I think its probably important). Theyll say something to the effect of, I got my first Leica when I was 4 years old and Ive been a prodigy with a clear direction ever since. That certainly wasnt the case for me. Photo was a medium among many that was on my radar as a means to self-expression. And there were things I absolutely hated about photography, too. As a teen, I built a darkroom in my parents basement and got pretty sick from the chemistry. I tried for months to make a print look like a Man Ray, and I never got there!

Ive had spectacular failures in nearly every medium in the art realm, and I love them all despite the pain theyve caused me. The take away from this collection of experiences is that an artist has to identify the abstract rhythms and feelings by which he wants to operate and then select a medium to harmonize with those abstract drives. Today I choose photography to tell my stories, but were in the midst of a sea change within photographic media. I have no intention of playing the reactionary if/when everything is turned on its head. That said, Im going to hold out with still pictures for as long as I can.

Read more of the interview here http://www.krftd.com/special_report/l...camera-go/
Tom Hines

Tom Hines

Tom Hines

Tom Hines