by Tajette O Halloran in New Photography on Monday 13 August 2012

I discovered Kyle Thompson’s self portrait photography a few weeks ago when I stumbled across an surreal and confronting image of a bare chested man with a rope tied around his neck with his head on fire. When you see a striking image like this it is very hard to simply keep scrolling.

I instantly needed to know more about this photographer and was quietly blown away by each and every one of his images. Thompson’s photography has a palpable sense of melancholia, which he evokes with images of himself burning, drowning, and hanging. Although there is a common feel and theme running through his work each image is distinct which makes Thompson’s work feel beautifully fresh and unique.