Commission for Harley Davidson.
In Hamminkeln, Germany and in Frejus, France.
With ' It Drew Itself. '
The A9 is the longest road in Scotland running from the Falkirk council area in central Scotland to Scrabster Harbour, Thurso in the far north. Historically it was the main road between Edinburgh and John o' Groats, and has been called the spine of Scotland.
A referendum on whether Scotland should remain in the UK took place on Thursday 18 September 2014. The question asked in the referendum was
Should Scotland be an independent country?
This project looks at the topography along the A9 and identifies the people within those landscape images. Those people were asked the question
What are you going to vote in the referendum?
The Yes / No answers to this question where published alongside the images. For the most part these aren’t portraits of individuals (with a couple of exceptions) but a reflection on the statistical nature of politics and the balance in the relationship between people and state.
Published in Guardian Weekend Magazine.
Installation on the A1 at Upper Street and Goswell Road.
London. September 2014
In 1981 and 1982, photographer Paul Graham travelled up and down the A1, the longest road in the UK, documenting his journey through the heart of Britain with the series A1, The Great North Road. London-based photographer Michael Thomas Jones takes his cues from Graham with A9, which sees him traverse the longest road in Scotland to document how people intend to vote in today's referendum on independence.
In a nod to Graham's work, Jones has also installed his images at a London crossroads of the A1 – you can see them at the junction between Upper Street and Goswell Road. As Britain waits to see how Scotland votes, Jones displays a nation of Scots poised to make one of the biggest decisions in its history
My daughter was 13 months old when I received the eviction notice. I was living in a hostel in Stratford, London E15. The letter said that we had two months to get out. We were homeless; that’s why we were in the hostel in the first place. We didn’t have anywhere else to go. There were 210 other young women living there. Now it’s luxury flats. The council said they would rehouse us, but it turned out they were threatening to move us hundreds of miles away, to Manchester, Hastings and Birmingham.
[Jasmine Stone. Focus E15]
FEEL THE GROUND DISAPPEAR as you make the short journey by lift, 80m to the top viewing platform of the ArcelorMittal Orbit where you will experience a show-stopping panorama. Take in a totally new perspective of London with views of up to 20 miles into the city and over the parklands, waterways and world-class sporting venues of London’s newest Park, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Those with a keen eye will also spot new additions to the skyline, such as the Walkie Talkie and the Cheesegrater. And with views of up to 20 miles, Marvel at the sites on the horizon from Alexandra Palace in the north, Wembley Stadium to the west, Crystal Palace transmitter to the south and Epping Forest to the east.
Learn the story of the ArcelorMittal Orbit and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (available in multiple languages) and take a closer view of the panorama using this innovative technology. Visitors can also enjoy the distinctive Kapoor designed concave mirrors that will flip your perspective and turn the horizon on its head.
And when it’s time to go home, challenge your friends and family to descend the 455 steps to the ground, immersing yourselves in the sounds of London as you walk down the stairs.The ArcelorMittal Orbit is a distinctive emblem of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and illustrates the continuing story of that magical summer.
[ArcelorMittal Orbit promo]
Visitors can spot birds such as herons, swans and coots. Yesterday we spotted a cormorant. You are having the wool pulled over your eyes.
[London Evening Standard]
Modernista is an exhibition that seeks to contextualise the late 19th century buildings of Gaudi and his fellow ‘modernista’ architects as being more than just bricks and mortar. Gaudi’s work, in particular, has been the subject of extensive photographic surveys in the past but almost all have sought to emphasise the defined architectural merit of his work. By contrast, Michael Thomas Jones has viewed some of Barcelona’s most significant architectural works in terms of ‘people and place’, looking beyond the well-established ‘coffee-table monographs’ and ‘picture postcard views’. He has engaged some of the unsung individuals who work or live within these architectural landmarks. Additionally, he has captured the way in which many of these building’s now sit somewhat incongruously with their near neighbours, as the city has grown and developed; whilst others have been adapted and modified to meet the changing landscape of the city and the needs of society today.
[Peter Trowles. Glasgow School of Art]
Commissioned by The Scottish Government
Exhibited in Glasgow and Barcelona.
Book published by The Lighthouse
We used to walk the trestle and put our ear to the track and listen for the train to come. My brother, he'd wait for the train to get real close and then he'd hang down from one of the ties and swing back up after the train had passed over him. - Elizabeth Cotten