Meet the Artist: Tom Thiercelin
I was born in Paris, my family is from Paris, and while all probabilities destined me to live there, I ultimately ended up, as a child, on the French Riviera. Having the chance to grow up by the sea was something very special. It probably is my real place of birth. Life along the coast was a blessing, surrounded by vacationers coming for the delicious weather during summer, and enjoying empty places and wild nature in the winter. There I’d be taught how to appreciate simple beauty. I believe it’s probably what has forged my taste for photographs carrying this emotion, as well as my interest in the Mediterranean.
Favorite photo you’ve taken and why?
My favorite piece so far is probably Where White Meets Blue, a series documenting Greece, where the great association of opposed pure colors, shapes, and flavors, seems to be at the essence of everything. The images are bound together with the assumption that, from food to architecture and from objects to landscapes, this beautiful sense of contradiction, by subliming any bit of life, invites us therefore to dive into it.
Where do you feel the most inspired?
Living in Mediterranean countries has been a great source of daily inspiration. Following the work of talented creators, and discovering new ones, always fills me with great joy as well.
What advice do you wish you could give your younger self?
To enjoy simple pleasures and to build connections with passionate people, nothing matters more.
Favorite photographer or artistic inspiration?
I particularly resonate with the work of Evan Sheehan. His way of composing portraits and the refreshing angles under which he takes them are very unique. Providing us the feeling of a permanent creative bloom.
I have also been very much inspired by PEEL, the music and visual art project of Isom Innis and Sean Cimino. By combining a live studio performance, analog visual artwork, and a bold identity, they manage to create a performative narrative about our time.
Favorite book, TV show, or movie from the past year?
A Single Man by Tom Ford sums it all up.
Last meal on earth? (food, setting, people, etc.)
A kahvaltı – the Turkish traditional breakfast made of dozens of small dishes – with a view of the Bosphorus and surrounded by the good company from different walks of life wouldn’t sound so bad.