Hi Thom! Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Hey my name is Thom and I’m a commercial lifestyle photographer. I live in Perth WA with my partner and our cheeky golden retriever, Wilbur. I shoot predominantly food and beverage for many restaurants, bars and hotels and I love to work with the wonderful people that make up the hospitality world.
How did you find yourself as a photographer?
I never really set out to be a photographer – I always thought I would have a desk job, working 9-5 in an office as I went to university at UWA and completed a Bachelor of Commerce Degree. My first proper camera was a Nikon D3000 that I got when I was 18 and instantly fell in love with photography, and pretty much shot everything I could. From bars and live music to friends’ parties and family holidays, then eventually I started to get offered paid work and here I am today.
What do you love about photography?
Over the past year, I have started shooting a lot of film again for all my personal work. I love the realness that it brings to photography. The feeling of pulling your negatives out of the tank and seeing what you shot for the first time really brings me back to why I love being a photographer.
Can you tell us a little about your gear?
I currently shoot all Nikon for my digital commercial work, and have just started to switch over to the Nikon Z system. I was a massive sceptic about the whole mirrorless thing, until Sam at Camera Electronics gave me one to try and I haven’t looked back since. For all things film, I have switched around a bit with various cameras and mediums but have now settled on three favourites. I’m currently running: Hasselblad 500cm with 80mm 2.8 and a 45 prism, Leica M6 with a 28, 35 & 50mm and Nikonos V with 35mm and 2.5.
We see a lot of black and white film on your socials, why do you think to shoot black and white so much?
I really love shooting on black and white film for a couple reasons… One, it’s so timeless and secondly, it takes all distractions that colours can give and allows the viewer to really focus on what’s happening in the image.
What do you like to shoot in your own time?
The beach! I grew up around the ocean from a really young age, surfing at any opportunity I could with my friends and family. There is a really strong community amongst surfers and the coast, especially down at my local beach, Trigg Point. I try to give a little insight into this little place at any opportunity.