Instagram takeover: Tom Hatton

Tom Hatton, a recent Royal College of Art graduate becomes our next Instagram guest editor, May 2017.

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Tom Hatton is a recent graduate from the Royal College of Art’s MA Fine Art Photography course. Since graduating his project Now Here has been the recipient of several awards and exhibitions including: the Bloomberg New Contemporaries; the Magnum Graduate Photographers Award at PhotoLondon, where the work is currently nominated; the RCA & Metro Imaging Award; the Post Graduate Award at the Travers Smith CSR Art Programme 2016-2017 and was Highly Commended and Shortlisted at the Dentons Art Prize and at the Open16 BrightonPhoto Fringe respectively. The project was featured within Source magazines round-up of the best photography graduates of 2016 in which the work was commended by both Cliff Larsson, Curator at the Hayward Gallery and Kate Bush, Photography Curator at the Science Museum.

This is @_tomhatton taking over @photoworks_uk with my recent series 'Now Here’. Day 5 of 5. Short Project Statement: . By alienating and dehumanising those seeking safety, political discourse and the mainstream media continue to distort the perception of the refugee. I felt it important to respond to this by creating a calmer and more sympathetic space from which more complex human narratives could emerge. . I use a slow large format camera to deliberately disrupt an expected documentary image. Black and white film embraces the poetic alongside the factual, which in turn implicates an interior dialogue. The absence of refugees circumvents any subconsciously held racial prejudices and forces a consideration of the physical conditions of the camp, placing focus on the objects which trace personal, social and psychological contexts. Full project link over on my bio: @_tomhatton . #photoworks_uk #instagramtakeover #calaisrefugeecamp

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Prior to this Hatton graduated from the Glasgow School of Art’s BA Fine Art Photography degree with honours and the Richard Ackling prize. He has exhibited at the Royal Academy of Art in Edinburgh where his work The Weight of Ashen Soil was selected for the Scottish New Contemporaries, 2011 and then later won the Environmental category in the Renaissance Photography Prize in 2012. He has also shown work at the Koppel Project, Photofusion and Fold Gallery.

This is @_tomhatton taking over @photoworks_uk with my recent series 'Now Here’. Day 5 of 5. Short Project Statement: . By alienating and dehumanising those seeking safety, political discourse and the mainstream media continue to distort the perception of the refugee. I felt it important to respond to this by creating a calmer and more sympathetic space from which more complex human narratives could emerge. . I use a slow large format camera to deliberately disrupt an expected documentary image. Black and white film embraces the poetic alongside the factual, which in turn implicates an interior dialogue. The absence of refugees circumvents any subconsciously held racial prejudices and forces a consideration of the physical conditions of the camp, placing focus on the objects which trace personal, social and psychological contexts. Full project link over on my bio: @_tomhatton . #photoworks_uk #instagramtakeover #calaisrefugeecamp

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This is @_tomhatton taking over @photoworks_uk with my recent series 'Now Here’. Day 4 of 5. Short Project Statement: . By alienating and dehumanising those seeking safety, political discourse and the mainstream media continue to distort the perception of the refugee. I felt it important to respond to this by creating a calmer and more sympathetic space from which more complex human narratives could emerge. . I use a slow large format camera to deliberately disrupt an expected documentary image. Black and white film embraces the poetic alongside the factual, which in turn implicates an interior dialogue. The absence of refugees circumvents any subconsciously held racial prejudices and forces a consideration of the physical conditions of the camp, placing focus on the objects which trace personal, social and psychological contexts. Full project link over on my bio: @_tomhatton . #photoworks_uk #instagramtakeover #calaisrefugeecamp

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