Tom Jacobi

Tom Jacobi – ‘Into the Light’

Tom Jacobi’s series ‘Into the Light’ – breathtaking landscapes that unfold a timeless power of the white color on our visual and psychological perception as fundamental, magical and symbolic, to offer space for contemplation and encourage us to look to the future.

Tom Jacobi - Into the Light

Tom Jacobi – Into the Light

 

The work presents Part Two of the trilogy Awakening started in 2014 with the project Grey Matter(s). Whilst the Part One illustrates, by means of a reduction to an almost colourless world, the way man emerged from the darkness, the current series focus is on the white, dazzling as a colour of light.

“White occupies a particular position in the spectrum of colours. White is, like black and grey, an achromatic colour. Ultimately, it is not a colour at all – or to put it differently: white is the sum of all colours, the sum of all wavelengths within the visible range. It thus arouses the same impression of colour as sunlight. There is almost no context in which white is seen as negative. This results not least from the fact that white is often regarded as the antithesis of its opposite, black. We experience white as the positive gaze into brightness, whereas black is seen as negative, like gazing into darkness. White is affirmation; black is negation. White has echoes of purity and spotlessness. It is the symbol of transparency and transcendence… White is associated with divine light and is used in practically all religions for the representation of the superordinate, the divine. Man needs white, the brightest of all colours, for survival, because it provides support in a world without stability.”

Tom Jacobi - Into the Light

Tom Jacobi – Into the Light

 

It took the artist two years to complete this work. He travelled back and forth across the world, “searching once more for archaic landscapes which either dominate by virtue of their light or open up to the light in unique moments.”

The two parts of the trilogy provide opportunities for contemplation on the opposite ends of light – its presence and absence around us. The third and final part examines the state of ‘The Light Within’, to illustrate the artist’s skills of reducing to the essential and to conclude that the real light is within us.

Tom Jacobi - Into the Light

Tom Jacobi – Into the Light

 

The series is published in a book by Hirmer Publishers.

 

Tom Jacobi – ‘Grey Matter(s)’

Tom Jacobi‘s project ‘Grey Matter(s)‘ –  “Grey is mystical. We humans love the sun and are always thought to have yearned for light. Yet prayers are mostly said in the dark. We may well strive for light, but are we possibly, in fact, children of the twilight, a colorless world in which everything is gray?”

Tom Jacobi - Grey Matter(s)

Tom Jacobi – Grey Matter(s)

 

The project is available as photo book with more than seventy striking photographs of some of the most spectacular wonders of the natural world, which took him over two years and travelling to six continents.