Thomas Hammond


Thomas Hammond was born on top of a mountain in the former British Crown Colony of Hong Kong. To answer your first two questions, he is not Chinese, nor is he a military brat. After some time toddling around northern Europe, Thomas eventually found his way to Greenville and ultimately Columbia, where he has been ever since. After high school, he pursued degrees in music education and musicology. Happenstance brought him into employment at various libraries in the Soda City. Up until this point, photography had always been casual hobby. Thanks to the magic of the Internet, Thomas’s images began to pique the interest of friends and colleagues who encouraged him to pursue the hobby more seriously. Now, he shoots regularly around town for various print and online publications (mostly local, but some national) and his work can be found in galleries. As a member of the Jasper staff, Thomas hopes to use this as an opportunity to push himself more creatively and heighten the public’s awareness of the value of good quality photography. The new media environment has made it easy for publishers and the consuming public to accept cheap and easy over quality. Thomas would argue that just because you can take the easy route does not mean that you should. His lucky number is 3846894640408747468894.754

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