These images are of the built and unbuilt, often abandoned, or in-transition landscapes. They examine how we interact with the planet’s most valuable but increasingly threatened resources.
Creating the abstract work is my dream state. Soaring above ground, leaning out of the open side of the helicopter, looking toward earth, directing the pilot to spin around, dip the nose, fly sideways or backwards, and even cut the engines to float downward—all to capture the right image. With a helicopter and its pilot, it’s like doing a dance.
Tom Lamb is a landscape and ethnographic photographer. His introduction to the art movement, Abstract Expressionism, came while he was a graduate student at the Rhode Island School of Design in the late 1970s. During that time, Lamb assisted artist Aaron Siskind, who was well known for his own abstract photographic work.
Lamb’s work has been published, exhibited and collected internationally. He currently runs Lamb Studio, a design, communications and photography workshop, focused on environmental and cultural interpretation efforts. The studio has collaborated with nonprofits from Tibet to Ghana, Suriname to Los Angeles.