Kyle Thompson was born in 1992 in Chicago, USA. He currently resides in Portland, OR.
Kyle Thompson’s photographs transport the viewer into the scenery of a personal emotion. Having started photography at the age of 19 with no prior formal training, Thompson initially sought the fascination abandoned places exercised on him as a child. Since then, he has kept on shooting himself in singular poses, using a variety of props, generally in the midst of untamed forests or deserted places.
Indeed, a large number of Kyle Thompson’s photos are set-up in places still filled with the remains of past lives, like fragmented portraits of the previous residents. Assimilating the strange aura which seems to exude from these abandoned debris of life, he gives a radical twist to their history. Disconnecting our classical notion of a linear chronology, he imposes his own imaginary experiences which he pauses in a permanently fleeting emotional moment.
Similarly, nature appears as a strange yet comforting environment in Thompson’s pictures. Still water and dim light are recurring elements into which the subject immerses his body beyond physical possibilities, hence suggesting a quest for a return to the soothing foetal stage. Photography is admittedly a therapeutic medium for Thompson who defines it as "Something that is so real, yet contrived. You can create a moment that never occurred but continues to live in its own unchanging state, and I love that."
The surreal images stemming from Thompson’s mind possess an inherent eerie beauty, as well as a powerful yet tamed emotional tension. Beyond documenting the psychological strain of living in unfamiliar places, they are narratives with no beginning and no end; a moment that lives on within a perpetual loop and a static state.