July Facebook Featured Artist: Thomas Hager

9 Jul

Isn’t it amazing to think that just like many young people get a confused look on their faces when you show them a vinyl record,  so has the use of film photography reached the brink of extinction.  But there are some photographers who are keepin’ it old school, like this month’s Facebook Featured Artist, Thomas Hager.

Tom uses historic photographic processes of kallitype and cyanotype, which involves mixing chemicals and hand applying them to high quality archival paper.  The process involves contact printing an enlarged negative onto the paper, then fixing the image in a bath of sodium thiosulfate.

The results of this process create a painterly texture to each print, as the inks settle down into the paper rather than laying on top of it.

The monochromatic quality of these processes enhance the visual texture in each image, much like a black and white photograph might.  Yet the actual printed texture makes Hager’s cyanotypes and kallitypes feel more like richly hued paintings rather than photographs.

Thomas Hager’s work is currently on exhibition at the Jacksonville International Airport in my hometown ( and his! ), Jacksonville, FL.  His work is featured alongside another Artsy Forager favorite, Christina Foard.  So if you’re in Jax or happen to be traveling through JIA, don’t miss it!

Immersion, featuring Christina Foard & Thomas Hager at Jacksonville International Airport

You can see more of Tom’s work on his website.  His originals are sublime and worth every penny, but if you’re on a budget, check out Town Editions, Tom’s limited edition series!

All images via the artist.

8 Responses to “July Facebook Featured Artist: Thomas Hager”

  1. frances rice July 9, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    I really enjoyed these oh so summery photos that just make you want to dive in and swim! Recently I saw a wonderful art installation at the Portland, Oregon airport. Then I read Ilona Szekely’s just published article in Art Education (NAEA magazine) called Art at the Airport: An Exploration of New Art Worlds. The airport has become a wonderful venue for art that is seen by many travelers. Wish I could go to Jackson to see these photos in person!

    • Lesley July 10, 2012 at 10:27 am #

      Thanks, Frances! I’m such a seasonal person, my posts do seem to “feel” like whatever the season is.. 😉 I’ll have to remember to check out the artwork at PDX the next time I’m in the area. I’ve seen online that there is a wonderful installation at the Seattle-Tacoma that I hope to check out soon, as well. I’m proud to say that the airport in Jacksonville, though small, is really a lovely facility filled with public art.

  2. Sunnyace July 11, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    Reblogged this on Sunnyace Reblog Collections.

    • Lesley July 11, 2012 at 10:44 am #

      Thanks for all the reblogs! 😉

      • Sunnyace July 11, 2012 at 10:48 am #


  3. Douglas Chinda July 15, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    Your work is great. I love it!!


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