“The Robot” by writer photographer Thomas Jackson is a wonderfully curious work of art–a combination of book, sculpture, and photographic series–about a lonesome robot in a world devoid of people (see a video preview of the book.) The piece was produced in a limited edition of 11, and is available at Central Booking gallery in Brooklyn.
When I began this project three years ago, I didn’t know I was making a book. The plan was to create a series of staged photographs addressing a set of themes that interested me, among them our culture’s obsession with hard work and our less-than-harmonious relationship with the natural world. Composed in narrative form, in the manner of a medieval tapestry or altarpiece, the pictures would tell the story of a solitary robot’s last days in a post-apocalyptic place. But when I completed the images in late 2010, the project felt unfinished. The story seemed to need one last narrative twist. The answer, I came to realize, was a book.
photos by Thomas Jackson