Introducing Toby Deveson
Thank you to everyone who came to the Vanishing Point opening last night! Really was a great night. For those of you who couldn’t make it, allow me to introduce photographer Toby Deveson.
Discipline:Black and white analogue photographer
Where do you live? London
Where did you study?Brighton University
Life ambition:To be able to practice my photography without it being limited by a lack of money.
How did you get started?
I was given a camera for my 16th (I think) birthday. I just never really stopped.
What can you tell us about your artistic practice?
I photograph using an old Nikkormat camera and a 24mm lens. I print and develop my own photographs and never crop the image, always framing it correctly at the time of taking. I have been using the same lens for 25 years, as well as the same Kodak film.
Whilst I learnt my craft as a documentary and reportage photographer my passion lies with landscapes. I try to bring a hint of myth and magic to what is essentially a mechanical and scientific process - I believe I sometimes succeed, although I'll happily admit that I have absolutely no idea how....
Do you have a routine, or an exercise you have to do get your started?
No. But the secret is not getting started; it's finishing something to its full potential. A deadline is often the secret to finishing. Though not necessarily to it’s full potential!
What are your ambitions in the art world?
For my work to be respected and recognized, by my peers as well as by collectors.
What advice would you give to anyone starting out?
Just keep going. Don't expect immediate results. Find a voice. Build a strong foundation now. Worry about the rest later. Hold on to the enjoyment and passion for what you do.
And lastly, choose one word:
Grotesque or beautiful?Grotesquely beautiful....
Urban or surreal?Surreal
Planned or spontaneous?Spontaneous
Monochrome or rainbow?A monochromatic rainbow ;)
I know, I know...one word.
Thank you Toby!
You can check out his work here, and in;
19th March- 11th April.
PV Thursday 19th March 6-9
Curious Duke Gallery
173 Whitecross St.
London, EC1Y 8JT
Written by Curious Duke Gallery blogger Sinéad Loftus.
Lover of all art and fluffy cats.