Raised in the United Kingdom, based in Amsterdam and working globally, Tom Bird [1990] earns his crust as an art director, but often pretends he’s a photographer.

His photographic approach was refined over a number of years spent documenting the growing skateboarding scene in the Palestinian Occupied Territories. Capturing the fragile freedoms of youth within an area of hostile military occupation helped to sharpen his sensitivity and taught him of the responsibility that comes with holding a camera.

His work has been published by i-D, Good Sport, Stack, Table Magazine, NTS and Essay Skateboard Magazine, and exhibited as part of group shows in The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Czech Republic.



WORKS︎︎︎

1. SAHTEN صحتين
2. EL QUETZAL
3. THE RETURNEE العائدين
4. BEIGE BRITAIN


PHOTO ARCHIVE ︎︎︎


PUBLICATIONS ︎︎︎


CONTACT︎︎︎
For commissions, collabs, prints or just wanna say “hey”, get me on hello@tombirdistheword.com or ︎

Mark





EL QUETZAL

2019

            A collaborative project between myself and artist Enrica Masi, celebrating the colour that radiates from Guatemala, both through the people and the land itself. All tied together by Guatemala’s illusive national icon – the Quetzal.

Released as a 24-page broadsheet publication combining a selection of original photography and paintings. Available to purchase here.


Shot in Guatemala City, Ciudad Vieja, Atitilan, Acatenango and Chichicastenango.





Mark