Many of the ‘mistakes’ occur at the start and end of the rolls of film when light leaks onto the film or when the exposure is too long, marking the moments
of birth and death in the ritual of analog photography. Using the accidental material, Thompson selects, crops, and colour corrects the final images in post- production, thereby reclaiming his authority over the photographs.
In enlarging the 35mm film to large-scale prints, he accentuates the film grain to produce abstract patterns of repetition. The forms of fluctuating light and dark engulf the viewer in a gallery space filled with prints framed, unframed, light-boxed, and projected—the latter forms complementing the ethereal glow emanating from the images.
Repetition and impartiality are themes that run through Thompson’s works, known for being strikingly austere. These abstract compositions however are a unique departure from his usual style of social documentary as he reflects on the physical confrontations with his medium.