We recently caught up with Melbourne based photographer Michael Thomas and chatted about his recent solo exhibition "Night Works" with our friends at Hillvale.
"Night Works" open till the 31st of January 2016. Info here.
See below for our interview with Michael Thomas and photos shot by @wilhelmphilipp
For those who don’t know - Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Michael, I like to photograph certain areas and scenes that stand out to me visually. Night Works is a series of photographs taken at night around Melbourne.
How did you first get started shooting photos?
I had used a some old digital point & shoot cameras when I was younger, but I became interested when my friend Daniel was taking great digital photographs and leant his camera to me. My friend Andrew (Hillvale) had also taken a film portrait of me around that time which had influenced me quite a bit.
Why did your name your first show ‘Night Works’?
When Andrew and Jason of Hillvale approached me about exhibiting Night Works, they asked me to describe how I shot the series and what it meant to me. I owe a lot to Andrew and Jason due to their devotion, support and organising of the exhibition. They threw out the title Night Works, which could have two meanings: first there is a series of photos taken at night and second, Night Works for me, meaning night photography worked for me whilst I was going through a rough time.
What can you tell us about the photos you have chosen to exhibit?
Hillvale and I have chosen to exhibit the 7 images from the publication that we thought best illustrated the general theme and feel to the series, and to make sure that they displayed well in the exhibition's hand-made Light Boxes. The Night Works book has roughly 29 photos that were culled down from a selection of 279 images, ranging from 2012-2015. The book was designed by Jason Hamilton & Andrew Johnson from Hillvale.