St Giles in the Fields from The Angel Pub.
The Rookery of St Giles.

Michael Thomas Jones documents the current European landscape using the railways as both method and metaphor. But what remains of European solidarity in an era of protectionism, nationalism and fear of the foreign? The United Kingdom was the first to leave the European Union. The idealism of a social and inclusive Europe is under pressure. - Bert Danckaert. The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp.

At the border with Luxembourg. Near Arlon, Belgium.
The former Thyssen Steelworks. Duisburg, Germany. 

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 THE A9 PROJECT, which sees him traverse the longest motorway 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 the London crossroads where the A1 finally meets the A9 – you can see them at the junction between Upper Street and Goswell Road. Despite counting himself as a yes voter, Jones says that A9 doesn't throw its lot in with either political camp. 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. - Dazed and Confused

The McCauley Family. Voting no. Kingussie, Scotland.
John Smith. Ineligible to vote. The Wallace Monument. Stirling, Scotland.
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Andrew Brownsford with Gainsborough’s ‘The Byam Family.’ Christie’s Magazine.
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The Rookery of St Giles - “The parish of St. Giles, with its nests of close and narrow alleys and courts inhabited by the lowest class of Irish costermongers, has passed into a byword as the synonym of filth and squalor. They are a noisy and riotous lot, fond of street brawls, equally "fat, ragged and saucy;" and the courts abound in pedlars, fish-women, newscriers, and corn-cutters.” — Henry Mayhew. A Visit to the Rookery of St Giles and its Neighbourhood. 1860

Streatham Street. Looking towards Great Russell Street. London, England.
Sicilian Avenue. From Bloomsbury Way. London, England.

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.

Sagrada Familia. Barcelona, Spain.
Bellesguard (Casa Figueres). Barcelona, Spain.

Orbit - There is a kind of medieval sense to it of reaching up to the sky, building the impossible. A procession, if you like. It's a long winding spiral: a folly that aspires to go even above the clouds and has something mythic about it.” - Anish Kapoor

Doran Walk. London, UK.
Warton Road. London, UK.

Cinematography for films in collaboration media and cultural institutions.

Grinling Gibbons. The V&A. London

Joan Eardley. A Sense of Place. The National Galleries of Scotland.

Both films produced and directed by Marissa Keating.
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Commissioned - Photographic content for leading cultural, media and commercial brands.  

Thunderbike for Harley Davidson. Hamminkeln, Germany.
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