Denmark-born, New York-based Thomas Bangsted is a landscape photographer whose work evokes the sublime in nature. Bangsted’s photographs evolve through a drawn out process, often requiring years to realize single pieces. He takes images of the same places and objects over extended periods of time. The aim of layering numerous images of the same place is to appreciate a new understanding of place – that which we see at any moment is always incomplete.
Bangsted’s images have a sense of the uncanny; something isn’t quite right. Whether it is the precarious tilt of a ship’s masthead or a horse’s frozen jump, the viewer is forced to question what is seen and by extension what they ever see. We are presented with such a rich visual and beautiful palette and always we seem to enter in the midst of a profoundly interesting narrative and we are left to fill in the before and after.
Thomas Bangsted (b. 1976) received a MFA in Photography from Yale University, School of Art in 2007, and has a postgraduate diploma of Fine Arts from Goldsmiths College, London. Bangsted has had numerous solo shows including at Brandts 13 (2015), Marc Straus, New York (2014 + 2012), Galleri Tom Christoffersen (2012 + 2010), and Galleri Hornbaek (2007). Group exhibits include Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (2016), Tang Museum (2016), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2015), Knoxville Museum of Art, TN (2015), Bronx Museum of the Arts (2011), the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY, The Prague Biennial (2009) and the New York Photo Festival (2008). Furthermore Thomas Bangsted i represented in the collections of Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, The Danish National Arts Foundation, Brandts13 and The Metropolitan Museum in New York.
Last of the Dreadnoughts, 2012, Pigment Print , 149 x 210.8 cm , ed. ¼ Purchased by The permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Photography Department, and by Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.