Book Review: Hearts and Bones
By Peter Kougias
Venturing through the struggles of youth, homages to Biblical themes, and striking environment portraits, are the Hearts and Bones of Tom Chambers’ hauntingly gorgeous work.
Chambers “explore[s] the dichotomy between what is natural and what is fabricated”in , Rite Of Passage, a collection depicting the darkest Grimm fairy tales and childhood nightmares lurking in the closet, but canvassed through uplifting colors and a haze wrapped in your wildest fantasies.
Purple fog looms over a quiet pond in Foggy River with the water lightly folded of ripples cornered into a cove where a young woman, draped in a pink frock , floats lifelessly as her arm reaches for land. Her “prom dress” (a motif in the collection) swims in the loss of innocence endured from a post adolescent buzz. Her excursion into nature’s baptism rings of therapeutic measures for intoxicating nights coming to dawn.
Stumbling over the bridge from teen angst to adulthood, our journey can stray due to those we follow. In With The Pack, the dogs, with their wolf life fangs, crescendo the never-ending search for a reason, circling the human who is blinded from reality. Their superior is lost within the wilderness and must guide those looking for a leader.
Meant For Love shields its bloody sight dripping alongside the terrors of Guillermo del Toro.
Conscious of the current state of Global Warming, Chambers takes initiative cautioning viewers of the consequences due to human’s abuse of the environment. “This is not only a problem for the animal population, but it’s now starting to affect us directly through fires, extreme weather, and scarcity of water.”One Oar Out is a blunt statement about rising sea levels due to ice caps melting at rapid speeds compared to Plymouth Rock’s subtlety.
Chambers’ photography captures the nostalgia of bedtime stories while reflecting the social commentary of our current state of being. He challenges the eye by bending the laws of nature and its surrealism.
You can view more of Tom’s work, here.