Tom Wood

Sad Beautiful Life
July 12 2003 until August 31 2003
© Stephan Koal
© Stephan Koal
© Stephan Koal
© Stephan Koal
© Stephan Koal

For the past 30 years Tom Wood (born in 1951 in Ireland) has drawn his inspiration from Liverpool. The characters in his photographs are familiar to us all: Young women who have passed their prime before it even had the chance to begin; their counterparts, young men in the prime of life, who proudly bear before them their large bellies as the testimony of dozens of by gone pub visits; the weary faces of un-made-up mothers which clearly reflect the traces that everyday worries and cares have left upon them. Wood’s strongest images are neither striking as a result of unusual formats or special techniques, nor through the depiction of spectacular subject matter. Far more than the use of such tools his photographs impress and surprise through their engaging straightforwardness, their substance and conciseness. His photographs all carry signs of a tender respect for and an intimate familiarity with his subjects.