Rachel Thomas holds a unique position, somewhere in between set designer and art director. In collaboration with photographer Dan Tobin Smith, Thomas was asked by Hole & Corner magazine to create images that incorporated James Cropper paper. Thomas decided to make use of the landscape near the paper mill, which is located in Cumbria, as one of the components of the images. The work incorporates large, transparent blocks of color, the actual James Cropper paper, that both blend in and stand out from the setting they are placed in, linking the inside and outside in a fascinating way. To create the transparent effect that Thomas was after, the images were shot using double exposure which allowed for an interesting interaction between the colors and their otherwise less vibrant background.
Instead of blotting out a part of the image, the shapes highlight the center of each photograph, creating three images in one: the highlighted area, the border of the colored shape, and finally the entire picture. Thomas is able to capture the way colors interact with one another, the way they can change the mood of an image, and finally, she plays with the concept of color as pure content- the focus of an image.