WHEN ONE TALKS ABOUT HAVING A VISION IT USUALLY TRANSLATES INTO CLARITY. A BRIGHT PICTURE. ANTWAN THOMPSON'S VISION HOWEVER INVOLVES SHADOW. INSTEAD OF SEARCHING FOR LIGHT, HE LIKES TO PLAY WITH SHADOW TO CREATE LIGHT. HE IS INTERESTED IN HOW SHADOW WORKS WITHIN A PICTURE AND HOW PEOPLE INTERACT WITH SHADOW LIKE DARKNESS AROUND THEM.
Antwan J. Thompson has an ambition. He wants to follow Robert Mapplethorpe, Herb Ritts, Steven Arnold and Annie Leibovitz. Not the smallest ambition indeed. But Antwan is realistic in setting his goals. Knowing that he steps into the footprints of some of the biggest names in the industry, he is very aware of the fact he needs to develop his own style. And so, in order to find his signature to be successful he decided to focus on nudes.
Antwan Thompson was born 25 years ago in Maryland. As a kid he always had a camera in his hand. It didn't matter whether it was on a field trip from school or at social functions with his parents, Antwan took pictures. Photography was a hobby for him, as he never thought of the fact that becoming a professional photographer would be a goal in his life. It wasn't until his senior year in high school that he enrolled a photography class which did light a flame in him.
Antwan Thompson's moment of realization came when his teacher submitted his portraits into an art contest which he, much to his own surprise, won. It was however a fast burning flame that withered when Antwan enrolled to Gallaudet University with a different major. It was a bittersweet trimester as he decided last moment to take photography class. It was all he needed to lit up the flame.
Currently Antwan J. Thompson is a college graduate with photography as his major. At 25 he has a clear vision and goal. Photography is a story where he captures the moment in time that presents the rawness behind it. He is currently located in Maryland and scouts around in Washington D.C. where he finds models to pose nude indoor and outdoor. Models such as Gabriel Pasman (26) and Gabriel Paulone (24). The work displayed here with both models was beginners stage for Antwan. It is work from when he first started out at college and an example of experimenting different things inspired by his big example Robert Mapplethorpe. –BM-
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