Excited to share I am one of eleven shortlist finalists for the 2018 @catchlight.io Fellowship. For nearly two years I have been working on a story that addresses social mobility in the tech industry, and how it relates to the complex political and social identity of modern California. Social mobility isn't as easy as pulling oneself by the bootstraps, and reporting this story has shown that the path to the next social station is riddled with unpredictability and razor-thin margins. Here, Vinson walks his children to school in Fresno, August 2016.
It's been an amazing experience to do a long-term visual project in my hometown. I want to give Fresno the respect of telling an honest story about its struggles and challenges, but also its successes. Congrats to the other finalists - I'm in good company with photographers doing important work all over the world. The final three winners are announced on April 2
"By intensifying colours and distorting the boundaries between reality and abstraction, Thomas poses questions about how society defines the places in which we live: how far do we have to digitalise our surroundings until they are noticeable unnatural?" Chroma, featured in the current edition of @aestheticamag#colour#chroma#aestheticamagazine