Tom Hussey has been working with companies and clients for commercial advertising in the United States. While working on his Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography and Museum Practices at the School of Photographic Arts & Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology, Hussey worked on a series on Vietnam War veterans in the area. His exhibition, titled “Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You,” showcased thirty-six archivally printed black and white portraits. Currently, Hussey runs a full-production studio in Dallas, TX.
Hussey desires to capture a bit of imagination in his photographs and aims to “create a complex interplay between reality and illusion.” And the series that he is notoriously know for does exactly that. “Reflections” came about because of an ad campaign for a prescription medication for the treatment of Alzheimer onset dementia.
Uzzi and Spiro, in the article on collaboration and creativity, stated, “Creativity is not only, as myth tells, the brash work of loners, but also the consequence of a social system of actors that amplify or stifle one another’s creativity.” For "Reflections, Hussey worked in a collaborative environment, working closely with his clients to ultimately produce work that served their needs.
Each image depicts an elderly individual, glancing into the mirror and seeing their youth. Hussey beautifully juxtaposes images depicting moments across decades. He provides an insight into the life of those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and the struggle they face as their mind reverts to the past while their bodies continue to take on the toll of time.
To see more of the thought provoking series, visit http://www.tomhussey.com/SERIES/Reflections/thumbs.