Michele Vescio speaks with Shane Thoms, a visual documenter and photographer, about his experiences of isolation in the 80s, being queer, and questioning his gender and sexual identity and gender expression, and the quasi-correlation to the current measure of self-isolation and social/physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Shane's work focuses on the abandoned space, where he visually captures traces of human emotion and urban evolution. His work has been featured on CNN, The Business Insider, Huffington Post, Daily Mail, La Repubblica, Viral Nova, and The Weather Channel.
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Tracklisting: 'A short term effect' by The Cure, 'The Choke' and 'Tin Omen' by Skinny Puppy.
Images used with permission.