About me

Thomas_BALL_Portrait_CircularShort Blurb

I’m a freelance documentary and commercial photographer based in London. I am also a founding Director of Our Yard.

Longer Blurb

I was born in Saudi Arabia and then lived in Malaysia and Nigeria until I was 5. My family then moved to Ireland and this is where I did most of my growing up and went to school and university.

I graduated with a first class degree in Natural Sciences from Trinity College Dublin in 2002. I then moved to Melbourne, Australia and worked for an aerial photography company, before returning to Ireland to work in the environmental sector, and later in a busy advertising photography studio. In 2007, I moved to the UK to undertake an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication. I graduated with a distinction and since then I’ve been working freelance in London and abroad on self-initiated documentary projects and editorial and commercial assignments.

I graduated with a first class degree in Natural Sciences from Trinity College Dublin in 2002. I then moved to Melbourne, Australia and worked for an aerial photography company, before returning to Ireland to work in the environmental sector, and later in a busy advertising photography studio.

In 2007, I moved to the UK to undertake an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication. I graduated with a distinction and since then I’ve been working freelance in London and abroad on self-initiated documentary projects and editorial and commercial assignments.

My background in environmental sciences has heavily influenced my working practice. Exploitation of natural resources, sustainability and social issues related to the environment are central themes that run through much of my work.

I was nominated for the Prix Pictet Prize in photography and sustainability in 2010, and was a Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Winner in 2011 & 2013. My first short film Electrosensitive: Outliers in a Wireless World was screened at the Reframe Documentary Film Festival in Canada in January 2014. In May 2014, I was selected for a documentary commission on sustainable water for FotoDocument and Photoworks, in collaboration with Bioregional and Brighton & Hove City Council. Images from the series were exhibited on Hove Promenade as part of The Brighton Photo Biennial 2014 from October 2014 until July 2015. More recently I was commissioned by WaterAid UK to produce a new body of work on the history of Water and sanitation in Britain for their Big History Project . Work from the series was on show in a public exhibition next to the entrance of London Bridge City Pier from the 5th June to 1st August 2015.

I’m represented by Picturetank in Paris.

I am also a founding Director of Our Yard and The Clitterhouse Farm Project based in NW London.

CLIENTS / PUBLICATIONS
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GEO Magazine / The Guardian Newspaper & Weekend Magazine / The Independent on Sunday / National Geographic / GQ Magazine / Wired Magazine / Der Spiegel (Germany) / The Irish Times / Le Temps (Switzerland) / Libération Newspaper (France) / Cicero Magazine (Germany) / Photoworks / Dazed and Confused / Foto8 Magazine / Hotshoe Magazine / Corriere della Sera (Italy) / la Repubblica (Italy) / Publico (Portugal) / New Internationalist Magazine / Creative Review Magazine / The Times / IO Donna (Italy) / British Journal of Photography / Harper Collins / Audi / Diageo / Barclays / Skype / Axa Insurance / Koch Glitsch Engineering / O2 Telefonica / Heineken / R/GA London / Moody’s / Babersmith / Albin Michel Publishers / Bacardi / Marketing Week / Boutique Creative / Incredibull / Ipsen Biotech / Salvation Army / Freeview / BBC Publications / Vision Magazine (Beijing) / Pearson Education / Campaign Magazine

RECENT EXHIBITIONS
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17th July – 28th August 2015 – NCM Exposed, Photofusion, London.
6th June 2015 – 31st July 2015 – The Water Series // The Great British Stink – Commission for WaterAid UK. London Bridge.Oct 2014 – Jul 2015 – Sustainable Water – Hove Promenade, Brighton & Hove. Brighton Photo Biennial.
2014 – Regenerating Capital, Roca London Gallery, London Festival of Architecture. Runs 2nd June – 23rd Aug 2014.
2014 – Survival – Well Gallery, London College of Communication
2013 – Portraits of a High Street – Solo Exhibition. Navruz, Cricklewood, London.
2013 – Royal Photographic Society’s 156th International Print Exhibition (multiple locations)
2013 – Syngenta Environmental Photography Awards Exhibition, Somerset House, London.
2012 – Association of Photographers Open Awards, Dray Walk Gallery
2012 – Foto8 Gallery Summer Show, London
2012 – The London Open at The Whitechapel Gallery
2012 – The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, Portland
2012 – Flash Forward Festival 2012, Boston
2012 – Open Salon, China House Gallery, Penang, Malaysia
2011 – Open Here, The Courtyard, Hereford Photo Festival
2011 – HPF Auction, HotShoe Gallery, London
2011 – Flash Forward Festival 2011, Airship 37, Toronto
2011 – Open Salon, Galerie Huit, Les Rencontres d’Arles

FILM FESTIVALS
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2014 – ReFrame Documentary Film Festival, Canada

RECENT AWARDS

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2013 – International Photography Awards – Honourable Mention (Portrait series)
2013 – Magenta Foundation, Flash Forward Winner
2012 – Association of Photographers Open Awards
2012 – Royal Photographic Society Environmental Award – Shortlisted
2012 – International Photography Awards – Honourable Mention (Portraits)
2011 – Magenta Foundation, Flash Forward Winner
2010 – Prix Pictet Awards – Nominee
2010 – Association of Photographers Open Awards
2010 – International Photography Awards – Silver Medal
2010 – Hasselblad Masters – Finalist

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