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ePHOTOzine Chats To Tom Hoops - Tom Hoops is a world renowned portrait photographer. We find out more about his work.

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Tom Hoops
Image © Tom Hoops 
In the UK to participate in a series of Wacom sponsored workshops called Train to Create, Tom Hoops is a British photographer that now lives and works in Bangkok. He specialises in portrait and fashion photography, and is well known for his emotive black and white images so whilst in the UK, we caught up with him...

Tom originally aspired to be a painter, and this is what made him pick up a camera: "I borrowed a friend's camera to take street portraits of people. Initially I wanted to capture interesting faces to paint but I quickly realised that photography rather than painting was what really interested me."

Tom creates a sense of moody drama and suspense in his images, and this coupled with his use of often unconventional models gives his work an edge that leaves you intrigued by his images. He has described his work in the past as 'in your face'. 

Tom Hoops
Image © Tom Hoops 
So, why did Tom decide to become a portrait and fashion photographer? "People have always fascinated me and the fashion element allows for creativity and experimentation," explains Tom. 

Tom's style is a simple one, yet it allows a lot to be portrayed through the models in the shots. "I would describe my work as strong and moody," says Tom. "It's probably changed over the years, though!"

Tom Hoops
Image © Tom Hoops 
Tom is humble about his work, and shoots what he thinks 'looks right'. It is this air of originality that makes his images stand out from the crowd. "I'd like one or two of my images to be remembered in years to come. I try to shoot images that I'd want up on my wall", he says. 

Tom is a firm believer that photographers can learn from one another, and shouldn't keep their practises secretive. Here are his three top tips for better portrait shots: 

1. If you are in front of your subject then focus on them and not your lights.

2. Change things, don’t rely on the same set up and lights each time you shoot.

3. Try using different music while shooting. People react to music.

Tom is coming to London for a two and a half day photography series of workshops, seminars and meets on 25-27 October 2013 that are run by Train to Create and sponsored by Wacom. During the event, there will also be an opportunity to go hands-on with Wacom's latest tablets, including the recently launched Cintiq Companion. For more information, take a look at the train to create website.

For more information on Tom and his photography, take a look at his website

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