Thomas Berntsen

Thomas Berntsen

Tom was born in New York and, in 1977, graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a BS in Professional Photography. Setting up his business right away, he began photographing historically significant homes, large residential projects and commercial interiors for major prestigious magazines. Over a period of several years he expanded into studio work. He shifted his focus from the editorial work towards advertising and marketing work for high-end firms specializing in the decorative arts.

Then, a little over 12 years ago, a new path was presented to Tom. Perhaps it was a moment of inspiration or of grace. He found himself needing to express himself creatively. Taking that moment in hand he photographed a dried leaf in a theatrical manner. This was to begin a new way of life and became a body of work called Dancing Leaves. From this sprang a body of sculptural works and began a search for meaningful imagery. Having a meditative practice he uses the mythical labyrinth archetype to build sculpture and photographs.

“My work is a reminder of the irrepressible beauty in the cycle of time. I observe another realm where elements resembling structure, vague mythical landscape, or sensuous form reflect a dream state that is so familiar, so present. Become a witness on a journey. While in meditation and carried away out of self, I dip into a reservoir of fleeting fragments of imagery, a couplet of words from a poem, or a lyrical run of musical notes. These treasures are gathered from my experience and gently coax me to acknowledge that another dimension exists within where all is well, beautiful and complete …until a divine realization comes. I am not done with my changes.”