We had the good fortune of connecting with S. Jones Thompson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi S. Jones, other than deciding to work for yourself, what else do you think played a pivotal role in your story?
Photographic distinction really started to develop when I stopped doing what I had been taught previously. I threw out old ideas and methods and embraced the highest values of my inner instinct. Once I realized that this body of photographs didn’t have to follow any previous artist’s specifications, I was free to push the limits and discover my own path.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
A little over a year ago I found myself face down on the kitchen floor after a botched suicide attempt. My art was lacking soul, my partner had just dumped me, and I didn’t seem to have any hope left whatsoever. But on coming out of that experience and getting some outside help, I was able to become aware of the beauty within every individual and the opportunity for contentment within the present moment. My photography took on a whole new dimension of trying to capture the imagination beyond human perception and embrace universal mystery. The work became inspired by the heart instead of the head, by the way instead of the manifestation.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
As a creature of habit, every day would look about the same. The High, pizza at Fellini’s on Howell Mill, sneak into the Bellwood Quarry for a midday swim, then see how the night is looking over at 97 Estoria or Sister Louisa’s.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Big ups to my high school art teacher Courtnie Wolfgang and college professor Matthew Moore. I also try to keep in touch with the spirits of Rothko, Camus, Gottlieb, Davis, the Georgia pines, and Mother Earth.
S. Jones Thompson
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