New book released
96 pages, 12" X 12" hard cover monograph
50 black & white photographs
It has often been said that you photograph what you love. And I plead guilty to that charge on two counts. For I have been enchanted and seduced by musical instruments and the wonderful harmonies that have been created for them by the great composers, as well as the subtle and sensual lines of the female nude depicted across the ages by an equal number of visual artists. In this book I have tried to depict the variety of emotions and moods experienced while I worked.
Thomas A Potter
Wood. Brass. Skin. Hair. Light. Form. Line. From such common elements the alchemist who goes by the name of Thomas Potter has forged precious metal. His images, which meld the infinitely variable female form with the more predictable shapes of musical instruments, unleash a flood of associations. The crisp edge of a dulcimer punctuates the soft contour of a breast. A fold of hair intensifies the glint of brass. The graceful arc of a hand lightly cradles the smooth surface of a recorder. Texture infuses these images, reminding us how effortlessly photography erects a bridge between our sensations of sight and touch.
Claude Cookman, Ph.D. Indiana University
“Tom’s photographs have a quiet eroticism conveyed by the soft light and gentle touch between the woman and the musical instrument – tactile – wood or metal or string on flesh. These are instruments of pleasure, whether aural, tactile or visual, evoking associations, leading to fantasies.
“Comparisons and contrasts occur through the photographer’s vocabulary….The delicate beauty of the draped…nude from behind is reminiscent of the cello, which takes its form from the nude.”
Paul R. Paletti, Jr., Attorney, photographer, collector, Paul Paletti Gallery, Louisville, KY