Tom Griggs is a photographer, editor, educator and writer based in Medellín, Colombia where he teaches between the University of Antioquia, Bellas Artes University Foundation and Yurupary, a photography institute. He has exhibited his photographs internationally including shows in New York City, Berlin, London and Belfast. His work is included in the Permanent Print and Picture Collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia and private collections. He has been a Critical Mass Finalist as well as a PDN 30 nominee. He received the ICETEX Visiting Professor Grant to Colombia for 2010-2011. He is Founding Editor of the website fototazo which offers microgrants for emerging Colombian photographers. Today we feature Toms series Untitled (City of Eternal Spring).
Untitled (City of Eternal Spring)
“In 2010 I immigrated to Medellín, Colombia, my wife’s hometown. These photographs weave a lyrical visual response to this experience from the people, chance interactions and spaces that have defined my new life. Although the project builds on the intimate and personal motivations for moving here, the work is equally marked by the detachment that comes with living an uprooted adulthood in a landscape that holds no reference to my history and that defines me as foreigner.
The images also explore the potential for a link between personal and local narratives, tying my immigration into the city’s emergence from a troubled past: the city’s rebirth allows for my own, however halting and incomplete both are.”
To view more of Tom’s work please visit his website.