Explosure: Tom & Lois White

Selected spreads from the design of an art book about the experimental photographic work of husband and wife team Tom & Lois White.


Explosure represents Tom & Lois' unique view of the mundane yet broadly popular phenomenon - firework displays. Always viewed from a distance and in a predetermined mechanical sequence, it is a very common visual experience. Their idea is to imagine what it is like to be up close and inside the event and visualize the light and energy more intimately. Tom & Lois photograph, dissect and reconfigure the scenes, then relaunch the sequence. With the combination of abstract and representational, they retain an essence of the original event but with a new painterly sense.