Sometimes I like to think of myself as a photography factory. I see my photographs mostly as raw material for projects that might be worked on at some point later on in life.

 

We all have but a short time on this earth. As slow as time can be it is also fast, swift, furious and mighty and then it’s over. Jack Kerouac is dead. Andy Warhol is dead. Garry Winogrand is dead. Lee Friedlander, William Eggleston and Bob Dylan are not dead yet, but probably will be at some point. Charles Bukowski once said that endurance was more important than truth. Charles Bukowski's now dead.

 

When I'm not taking or processing the pictures I'm mostly thinking about the pictures.

 

I'm trying to publish a library of 1,000,000 hand crafted, lovingly created, individually finished and processed photographs before I die. Mostly I'm focusing on America.

 

The absurdity of my obsessive view on photography is not lost on me -- but it is the absurdity of life that I find most beautiful of all. Where Sisyphus had his stone I have my camera and a bag full of lenses.

 

Document, explore, lather, rinse, repeat. Photography for me then becomes a kind of hyperactivity, loosely arranged and presented. My work is less about individual images and instead more about the power of a massive amount of excessive and disjointed images where stories, characters and places sometimes stay and other times reappear or disappear entirely for no good reason at all.

 

If you want to see good overview portfolio of some of my more popular work you can find that here.

 

"Don't think about making art. Just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they're deciding, make even more art." - Andy Warhol

 

I collect photography books, postcards and slides.

 

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I've got over 4,000 photo albums on Flickr that I've put together. You can see these here.

 

Here's a video interview about me and my work from the Flickr blog.

 

You can contact me at tom(at)thomashawk.com but I check my flickrmail much more frequently.

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  • JoinedAugust 2004
  • Current citySan Francisco
  • CountryUSA
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Thomas, you are an inspiration for me! Thank you for sharing your work.

September 27, 2021

AFTER VIEWING THE SITE #MY SENSES CONCLUDED #IT# BEING ONE OF THE BEST ARTWORK AMONG MY FRIENDS

September 21, 2021

So much fun to open up each batch of photos - never know what to expect, but there’s always something which makes me smile. Love that all the photos are licensed under Creative Commons - allows me to use these a reference photos for my paintings and drawings. Thanks for taking on such a large challenge!

September 4, 2021

Going through Thomas photoalbuns are a fabulous trip to sensations, colors, places, and all kind of feelings. A very eclectical photographer who do not fear anything that can be photographed. Indeed, anything can become a work of art under his eye and through his lensses.. Keep on !!! congrats, and greetings from Br… Read more

Going through Thomas photoalbuns are a fabulous trip to sensations, colors, places, and all kind of feelings. A very eclectical photographer who do not fear anything that can be photographed. Indeed, anything can become a work of art under his eye and through his lensses.. Keep on !!! congrats, and greetings from Brazil ! :-)

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July 12, 2021

It’s an extraordinary collection and I look forward to seeing each new upload. In the distant future this will surely stand as a comprehensive record of 20th and 21st century America.

June 27, 2021

WoW! You have an incredible portfolio of photos in your unique gallery Thomas Hawk. It is not difficult to see that you find joy in taking great pictures, and that you have passion for what you do. You are a great photographer. Keep on capturing the good moments in life. There is a lot to brag about here: Thoughtful co… Read more

WoW! You have an incredible portfolio of photos in your unique gallery Thomas Hawk. It is not difficult to see that you find joy in taking great pictures, and that you have passion for what you do. You are a great photographer. Keep on capturing the good moments in life. There is a lot to brag about here: Thoughtful composition, perfect and natural light, good balance, beautiful lines, nice contrasts, depth that draws you into many of the images, use of complementary colors and beauty. What more can we expect! :) Keep up the good work. I hope it's okay that I follow you ;)

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April 9, 2021

One of the best photographers on Flickr today! I truly enjoy seeing his work and find myself thinking about how he made a shot. He is VERY inspirational to many photographers. I'm hopeful one day, I'll bump into Thomas and be able to say thank you in person. Thank you Thomas for sharing your work and providing all of… Read more

One of the best photographers on Flickr today! I truly enjoy seeing his work and find myself thinking about how he made a shot. He is VERY inspirational to many photographers. I'm hopeful one day, I'll bump into Thomas and be able to say thank you in person. Thank you Thomas for sharing your work and providing all of us a unique view into the world. Cheers, Wade

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February 19, 2021
Roig61 says:

Thomas Hawk's photographic work is full of colors and impressive realism. I must admit that before visiting his page, I carefully studied his collection to discover all the great photo spots to get ideas on how to capture the environment to make a spectacular photo. In short, you are a teacher. Greetings friend

January 23, 2021

Thomas was the first photographer that I followed on Google Plus and was my gateway into the photography community that flourished for awhile there. His work was (and still is) highly influential to me and has always been a benchmark against which I compare my own work.

January 5, 2021

Bukowski may have been talking about love, but it could have been photography - "be there and let it happen". Great work.

November 25, 2020

I have been a member of the flickr community for about a decade. I only recently stumbled upon your page and I am glad that I did. Your photos are thought provoking, beautiful images that bring me joy and inspire me to make even better photographs.

October 18, 2020
Rabican7 says:

Quite inspirational photographer. Thomas' stream is full of color and vibe. I will admit that before visiting SF, i studied carefully his photos in order to discover all the cool photographic places around the city as well as get ideas on how to capture San Fran's unique vibe!

July 16, 2020
ancf469 says:

A staggering collection, so varied, photos, which, so far I have only been able to view a little of. I have been rather greedy here on faving some of them. Thanks a lot from Peter.

June 5, 2020

The first thing I do in the morning is view the new shots that TH uploaded to Flickr. Especially love the old slides. And, he's a might fine photographer - love those landscapes.

May 27, 2020
M&J says:

Thomas is something rare on Flickr, not just a fantastic photographer but a true artist. I, like thousands of others on Flickr, look forward to the daily dose of brilliance that he unselfishly shares with the world. Covering everything from travel photos to abstract, cityscapes to portraits and found slides, there is s… Read more

Thomas is something rare on Flickr, not just a fantastic photographer but a true artist. I, like thousands of others on Flickr, look forward to the daily dose of brilliance that he unselfishly shares with the world. Covering everything from travel photos to abstract, cityscapes to portraits and found slides, there is something here for everyone, and to top it all off he is a genuine gentleman. Thank you Thomas, for helping to make every day a little bit brighter.

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May 12, 2020

Possibly the most prolific and diverse contributor on flickr, Tom's daily dose of downloads are a staple for my personal consumption. Still, he has the time to view the work of others. The flickrworld wouldn't be the same without him.

April 22, 2020

Great collection of photos! Keep up the good work!

April 12, 2020

A kaleidoscope of the mind ....

January 16, 2020
Roy says:

Consistent, eye catching, brilliant, imaginative, transforming, refreshing and bright are just a few of the words that I would use for Thomas and his Flickr stream. He makes photography live and his pictures consistently stand out from the crowd....when looking for inspiration or refreshment, this is the flickr stream… Read more

Consistent, eye catching, brilliant, imaginative, transforming, refreshing and bright are just a few of the words that I would use for Thomas and his Flickr stream. He makes photography live and his pictures consistently stand out from the crowd....when looking for inspiration or refreshment, this is the flickr stream that has helped and after more than 9 years following, I am addicted. Thank you for allowing us to share your creativity and giving me the freedom to glimpse a photographic heaven

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October 24, 2019

It is a feast to dig myself through your eyegasmic stream , i hope you get to the 1 mil .. i bet on it !

July 7, 2019

There are few photographers whose work I enjoy more. Great photographers can take an often-photographed subject in a unique way, and see things others don't, and allow you into their minds and their mind's eye. Thomas does this. But few others' work has his work's breadth and variety. I look forward to his new posts. … Read more

There are few photographers whose work I enjoy more. Great photographers can take an often-photographed subject in a unique way, and see things others don't, and allow you into their minds and their mind's eye. Thomas does this. But few others' work has his work's breadth and variety. I look forward to his new posts. Hope he stays active here on Flickr.

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April 30, 2019
Sergei F says:

I am fascinated by your philosophy. And I know, at you everything will turn out. Forward!

April 21, 2019
Li st says:

Simply galore 👀

April 13, 2019

Oui, une galerie remarquable. D'abord, par la quantité de photographies. Mais aussi par leur qualité et leur extraordinaire diversité. Il faut une grande attention au monde qui vous entoure pour être capable de produire autant de photographies, toutes intelligentes et évocatives d'un monde très particulier et très d… Read more

Oui, une galerie remarquable. D'abord, par la quantité de photographies. Mais aussi par leur qualité et leur extraordinaire diversité. Il faut une grande attention au monde qui vous entoure pour être capable de produire autant de photographies, toutes intelligentes et évocatives d'un monde très particulier et très diversifié. Car cette galerie est une vitrine des USA. Ce n'est pas un monde dans lequel personnellement je me reconnais et où je me plairais de vivre. Je préfère l'Europe. Mais je rends hommage au photographe et à son entreprise : faire comprendre le "Nouveau Monde". Plus je fréquente cette galerie, plus elle me semble intelligente, même si elle est absolument étrangère à ma culture. Yes, a remarkable gallery. First, by the amount of photographs. But also by their quality and their extraordinary diversity. it takes a great attention to the world around you to be able to produce as many photographs, all intelligent and evocative of a very particular and very diversified world. Because this gallery is a showcase of the USA. It is not a world in which I personally recognize myself and where I would like to live. I prefer Europe. But I pay homage to the photographer and his project: to make understand the "New World". The more I frequent this gallery and the more I find it intelligent, even if it still seems to me as foreign to my culture.

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March 14, 2019

Inspired work. Always something new to discover, and if not plenty of quality images to revisit.

January 30, 2019
Glenn says:

What hasn't already been said here? One of the greatest photographers of our time- maybe ever. Quantity and quality and attitude. Thank you for taking the time to add favorites and for the inspiration.

July 26, 2018

It took me almost 5 years to see that Thomas left me a very kind testimonial. Thomas has been a huge inspiration to keep shooting, keep pushing, and his prolific output is an example for anybody looking how to create a following: post great content regularly, be a great community member, advocate for others and share k… Read more

It took me almost 5 years to see that Thomas left me a very kind testimonial. Thomas has been a huge inspiration to keep shooting, keep pushing, and his prolific output is an example for anybody looking how to create a following: post great content regularly, be a great community member, advocate for others and share knowledge. He's done all of this since I first found out about him 14 years ago. Thank you, Thomas for your steadfast example of what can happen when you really go all in. Thank you, on a personal level, for your testimonial and for your kindness when we have spent time shooting.

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May 31, 2018

extraordinary photographer

February 16, 2018

Having followed Thomas for almost a decade, I find his work provocative at times, often disturbing one's usual sense of equilibrium and forcing one to confront thoughts and ideas that were pushed aside in favor of tranquility and ignorance. It challenges the viewer to think beyond your comfort level and to imagine the … Read more

Having followed Thomas for almost a decade, I find his work provocative at times, often disturbing one's usual sense of equilibrium and forcing one to confront thoughts and ideas that were pushed aside in favor of tranquility and ignorance. It challenges the viewer to think beyond your comfort level and to imagine the impossible.

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August 28, 2017

Extraordinarily prolific. . .yet it's all GOOD. I am in awe.

July 11, 2017

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