Thomas Oscar Miles Creates Stunning Worlds Out of Beauty and Darkness

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I am Thomas Oscar Miles, a Fine Art / Fairytale Photographer based in the West Midlands, UK. I juxtapose beauty and darkness, showing how they can work with and against each other in a world filled with magic and wonder. I began by taking self-portraits in local woodlands, but began to grow the confidence to shoot with models, a make-up artist, and designers to help bring my stories to life in ways I couldn’t do alone.

I create with a Nikon D610 and my go to 50mm lens that I’ve used since I started 6 years ago! Equipment doesn’t define my work (but a shiny new 85mm lens wouldn’t hurt!). The reason I create is to express a part of myself that would only sit within me, I hope to share my experiences in ways that can help people and inspire them to know they’re not alone. I love being able to build connections with people I otherwise wouldn’t, making lifelong friendships based on dressing people up and running around in the woods!

We are united in our humanity, and being able to share kindness with one another truly unites us. I hope that my photography is a way of bringing people together — it has helped me talk openly about something to my family, to go out into the world, and to live as boldly as possible. So, I am incredibly grateful to be able to pursue what I am passionate about, and to share that openly and wholeheartedly with everyone.

To explore parts of myself that I couldn’t express otherwise. I began greatly admiring fashion, theatre and painting as art forms, so I found that photography was a beautiful way of capturing all three of these things in one! I was never very good at dressmaking — but I did make a killer parrot-inspired corset! I never had the time to paint, and I was too scared to pursue performance, but photography allowed me to express myself limitlessly and dream bigger than ever before.

Brooke Shaden was one of the photographers who started me off; she is the kindest soul in person, as well as one of the most original and most daring creatives I’ve seen!

Tim Walkers’ visuals and detail-filled work deeply inspire me. I am keen to create works as abstract and thought-out as his!

I am finding more recently though that I am more inspired by paintings and the visuals of renaissance paintings and sculptors, as well as theater and film.