Thomas Brummett, born in the United States in 1955 and working as a photographer since 1983, has shown in galleries and museums in the United States and Europe. His work is in numerous American private and public collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Thomas Brummett lives and works in Philadelphia.
Brummett sees his work on a continuum with the 19th century practice of cataloguing natural history. His images of organic life forms and plants are created through unique printing techniques that result in work which transcends traditional photographic observation of nature and creates dreamlike images of exquisite aesthetic quality. This combining of familiar natural scenes and objects with cutting edge technology makes Brummett's work stand alone in contemporary photographic practice.
Animalis is from the Latin term meaning literally “to have breath” and is the origin of our modern word for animal.
This series of animal portraits is my attempt (as in most of my work) to collect specimens from the natural world for my own personal “Cabinet of Wonder.” My goal is for the images to be part photograph and part cave drawing, part document and part dream...