“When I started, I had a very surface understanding of what fashion photography meant,” he says. “I am now more educated about the fashion world and the inner workings of the industry – what certain brands are doing and what their work is about. I like making references about specific photographers that have shot for a publication or have a part of that history. I think that’s really interesting, to be constantly referencing the past.”
But Thomas baulks at being pigeonholed as an image-maker. “I try not to consider myself as a fashion photographer, but I think it’s a really interesting space for my work to live,” he says. And interestingly, his work does not have the stylized aesthetic we are so used to seeing in fashion magazines. His models don’t look smoothed in Photoshop, instead they look raw and natural.