Q&A: Thomas Duffield


Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? When I find free time I enjoy reading about Greek & Roman philosophy, I appreciate the culture of debate and critical thought that appears to have been prevalent then. The Stoic school of thought is really applicable to modern life and to an extent I practice this. ‘Meditations’ by Marcus Aurelius springs to mind, take a look. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? The irony of double cheeseburgers and Gaviscon heart burn relief tablets being advertised within the same three minute advert break. What is it that interests you about photography? My interest in the medium is largely due to its unique link to truth and fiction, The act of taking a photograph forms a simultaneously subjective and objective representation of the subject. The idea of truth is endowed within a photograph due to its presence in the world being product of a physical reaction, Light bouncing of a surface and hitting the Film/sensor. However, peoples emotions, intentions and predispositions dictate the subject and how it is represented. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Evolutionary biology. Which living person do you most admire? My mother or my grandad, I know that’s two but they are both great.

What was the last crime you witnessed? I quite frequently witness myself wearing socks and sandals. It is great this time of year when you seek that little bit of extra warmth while still wanting to experience the sweet breeze that can only be provided by the open toe of a sandal. Describe a cheap thrill. Swimming in cold water is a good one, or the card game UNO! What is the best way to educate yourself? Have the ability to let go of what you think to be true and always stay inquisitive. You don’t always have to think about things too much, put your ideas into practice and learn from the inevitable mistakes. Which talent would you most like to have? It would be nice to have a super good singing voice. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? I’m going to cook while listening to some Otis Redding and then I am not too sure. I would like to tell you something that makes me seem interesting but I guess I’m probably going to end up hunched over my laptop for most of the evening. I’m working on a book at the moment so I should probably mention something about that too.

“Our home was a static caravan that sat quietly in a field with walls entangled with ivy, on a small Fram where my mother and father began to raise my sister and I. During this time my father struggled with a heroin addiction. However difficult it may have been at times for my mother and father, to my memory we had a charmed life growing up. As children, my father’s addiction was not discussed and after he left, years passed with little contact. Only now do I begin to understand the complexities of my parents relationship. I now meet with my father regularly to offer support as he undergoes a detox. when we meet up we talk about nothing in particular. ‘The whole house is shaking’ then, investigates the initially concealed addiction within the family and looks towards the emotional reverberations that continue as a result of this.”

— Thomas Duffield.

Thomas Duffield is a photographer and writer Based in the UK, for more of his work visit — thomasduffield.com