Toby Harvard on Drawing the Enigma in Portraiture


There is beauty in mystery, a concept often sought after by beholders of the artistic eye. English photographer Toby Harvard captures his portraits in the face of human enigma.

© Toby Harvard

The usual purpose of the portraiture is to demist the smoke and fog of human personality through the visual arts but Toby goes alternative in his portraiture.

The rear surface of the human body is one of the major distinguishing features of his photographic signature. The person in his portrait, facing the vague landscape or nothingness, allows viewers to imagine and draw their own meanings.

© Toby Harvard

The reason, Toby cites, was the frequent dreams of a man with his back turned. Hence, dream transcended to become photographic inspiration.

© Toby Harvard

There is more to Toby than as a man with a camera and a painter of light. A true visual artist, he strives to master his talents, such as screenwriting. Toby co-wrote “The Greasy Strangler”, which was shown at the Sundance Film Festival 2016.

© Toby Harvard

Watch out for Lomography’s exclusive interview with Toby soon. In the meantime, visit his Flickr, Tumblr and Instagram for the latest updates of his work and oeuvre. Images used are with permission from Toby Harvard.

written by Ciel Hernandez on 2016-07-17 #people #street-photography #portraiture #portrait-photography #toby-harvard

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