The photographs of N.P. Thompson


in the blue

in the blue


“We are tempted into thinking ourselves in peculiar situations. If you look closely, man’s found himself in the same sort of situations from the beginning. And what you discover is that particular minds along the way deal with the same problems. You begin to get a community of thought in relation to those problems as you go along. It ought to be of some hope in a dark age — which I take ours to be; I think we’re in a darker age than the late Middle Ages, and we take that to be a particularly dark age; I think there was more light about then.” — author Marion Montgomery, in the Athens Observer, 1981


“We will stay in a villa with a private pool with rose petals floating in it… We won’t leave before all those petals have withered away.” — Cor Schilder, 2014, passenger on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

mosaic in the morning

mosaic in the morning

white sofa

white sofa

work shop live die



Christ figure in Idaho

Christ figure in Idaho



facing windows

facing windows

the furniture of Mr. Thompson’s mind, circa 1997

“The only thing that really helps any of us is being loved, and doing things for love’s sake; it isn’t the things themselves, but the love that is in them. That’s what makes Christmas so much to all the world… everybody misses somebody at Christmas time; and there’s nothing like finding a gift of new love and unlooked-for pleasure.” — Sarah Orne Jewett

Hill Country showroom

Hill Country showroom

the sea that soon should drown them all

the sea that soon should drown them all

mural, Reed College pool hall




curtains, exactly like my grandmother’s

curtains, exactly like my grandmothers

the telephone book, aflame

wrap your troubles in dreams


the dark

Inman Park pumpkin

a house that tries to be haunted

sacrum convivium

white lace curtains at sunset

anyone’s dream

whimsical furies

shadows on the breakfast table



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