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Tom Chambers: Haunting Dog Photography

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Tom Chambers: Fetch ImageTom Chambers photography are actually powerful, haunting and entirely unique images produced through montage. He masterfully creates imagery that engages as well as touches upon the spiritual/emotional life.
You can see all his work, much of it involving animals of all sorts, here.

Dirt Road Dogs: Tom Chambers Image
Tom Chambers: Dirt Road Dogs
Tom Chambers
Dirt Road Dogs, 2008
Archival Pigment
Edition of 20
This is the first image I saw and was immediately drawn to it – the energy and action of the dogs, the beauty of the image – but things were “off”. The enormity of the dogs, the lack of dust, it all made me engage in the piece as I worked to understand it. Then I read “photomontage” and it all made sense. Tom Chambers’ artwork instantly deserved its own page so, here we are.

Tom Chambers: Black's Dog Retreat Image
12×18 in. Tom Chambers Black’s Dog Retreat
Tom Chambers
Black Dog’s Retreat, 2002
Archival Pigment
Edition of 20

Tom Chambers Fetch Image
30×11 in. Tom Chambers Fetch
Tom Chambers
Fetch, 2008
Archival Pigment
Edition of 20
At once intensely familiar and demanding of our engagement, this is typical of Chambers “normal life made slightly not normal” work. As is seems usual, the hounds are large, powerful and numerous. Here they speed off together before the young boy has even launched the ball.

Tom Chambers Blue Fox Image
30×11.6 in. Tom Chambers Blue Fox
Tom Chambers
Blue Fox, 2008
Archival Pigment
Edition of 20
What do you make of this? Chambers has a daughter and did some work as she “came of age” (see below). I wonder if this is a comment on her hiding as the “dogs” look for her. Since the girl, Alice-in-Wonderland large, is clearly the “blue fox” and fox is a metaphor for a beautiful and attractive adult woman, I suspect this theme is woven here.

Tom Chambers With the Pack Image
28×28 in. Tom Chambers With the Pack
Tom Chambers
With the Pack, 2006
Archival Pigment
Edition of 8
Comment by the artist: “With time, adolescents begin to abandon the natural, untamed state of childhood for the artificial pretenses of adulthood. After my own daughter’s arrival at the complexities of her sixteenth milestone, this juxtaposition captured my attention.”

I hope you find Tom Chambers photography as fascinating as I have. Please share your thoughts below.

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