January 20, 2014
For his January/New Year guest contribution to T.I.S.A.R, Chris wanted to highlight some of his photographic work. Pictures first (which are pretty damn impressive), information second.
Former member of Tomfire et al, Chris studied for his BA in Photography and Video at the University of Lincoln, graduating in 2005 with a First Class Hons. With job prospects in a slump, Chris took a year off to live and work in Japan where he began to develop a taste for street photography, especially the phenomenon of sleeping in public places – a habit the Japanese seem to embrace.
Upon returning to the UK, Chris found employment as a graphic designer, a role which eventually led him to London and to a career as a freelancer.
With fingers in all pies, Chris continues to shoot photos and videos alike, often in collaboration with long term friends and fellow artists and creatives.
Some words from Chris:
“Throughout my travels, I amassed a ridiculous number of photos and having made the (tentative) switch to digital back in 2002, this means several hard drives worth of photos, most of which have never seen print, or until now, any outlet at all.
Having used services such as Photobucket and Picasa from the early stages and watched them fall at the feet of the mighty Flickr (a service I have struggled with due to the strangle hold of Yahoo) I’ve finally decided to launch my own photo-blog / portfolio and allow my photos a life of their own. I’ve long loved Tumblr (although that too is now owned by the Demon Yahoo) so it just seemed the best place to do it.
Please feel free to follow me, reblog and share my pics, just please link back to me. And if you need a photographer or have an idea, give me a shout!”
More information (including larger versions of all the images above) is available here
The next post will be a New Year contribution from Lee Broughall.
June 24, 2013
WDT019: tomfire – Lincoln 1908 EP
The final tomfire release I think, recorded, as Lee reminds me, on a Fostex VF160 on the 19th and 20th of August. My recollections are vague for some reason, though I do recall setting up the drum kit in the window of Chris’ massive room in Lincoln (opposite an arboretum of some such). The recording sessions were long, and 1908 is – I think – the result of careful editing of much longer recordings, including an hour long 1.11am, though this is not featured. As ever, song titles were stumbled across using the method of me saying something stupid e.g. Eat Your Grapes And Ignore It. The archive will more expansive notes on this release, and a track list, in the near future. For now, here’s a bullet point summary of what happened from Lee’s perspective:
- The greasy swindler.
- Old man bin bag.
- A girl that was staying upstairs who Bluetoothed some possibly risqué photos to Chris.
- Frisbee in the ‘abbatoir’
- Listening to Glen Miller on the way home, although Matt (me) said it was Glen Campbell.
The record was listed on various sites, including Animal Psi where it was described as
‘Ultra long EP (50 minutes) showcasing tomfire’s unique collapsing sound. Three guys playing a variety of instruments from trumpets and tangled guitars to beat boxes and homemade reverb units. This EP features four of their older tracks (Pipe, Pillows, Grapes, Bank) plus four new experimental works, each recorded live at an empty Victorian house in Lincoln. Comes housed in its own hand printed jacket.’
I genuinely cannot remember if I wrote this or if they did. Norman Records described it/us as
‘Avant rock improv outfit, featuring live jams, electronic deconstructions and complicated guitar work’.
More to follow…