This spring, Agora Gallery is delighted to announce the opening of ‘Stephen Tobin: the natural instincts of nature – a solo exhibition’. The exhibition will begin on May 11, 2013 and run until May 31, 2013, with an opening reception on the evening of Thursday, May 16, 2013. If you’re looking for a way to celebrate and enjoy the beauty of the world as it comes to blooming life, don’t miss out on the chance to view these wonderful images.
Stephen Tobin is also known as ‘the Wandering Photographer,’ and it’s easy to see the way that this artist’s passion for travel and for absorbing new sights and experiences comes through in his work. He says that his love of exploring new places flourished early as a child, encouraged by long family holidays during which he and his family would encounter a variety of places and unusual events – once even staying in a zoo for a few days!
Tobin has never lost his connection to the thrill of discovery that comes with travel, maintaining a level of innocent joy and adventure that is reflected in his work, making each image alive with the excitement and breathless interest of childhood as well as the balance and thoughtful awareness that comes with more mature reflection. The combination is both winning and inspiring.
In addition to the sheer visual delight of the varied, beautiful scenes, people and creates he captures, Tobin’s travels also have another kind of impact on his work. He says himself that his journeys have taught him both the incredible diversity that exists in the world, but also that the more he travels, and the more people and cultures he encounters, the more strongly it is apparent to him that humanity is essentially linked together by powerful similarities. It is the resultant open-minded generosity, which comes from this appreciation of shared human nature and understanding, that shines out from his photographs, making each one a poem of respect, affection and wonder.
Tobin’s work is also notable for the artist’s conviction that beauty exists everywhere in the world, whether in an urban environment or out alone in the natural world. He speaks movingly of the power and importance of what he calls ‘the little things’ and points out that someone who can truly appreciate the smaller details of life will always be able to weather the challenges the world poses.
The photographer’s certainty that beauty is always there, for those with the eyes to see, means that he is himself always on the look-out for special sights, the ones that make him stop dead and reach for his camera. It is this openness that usually brings him his best shots – rather than planning meticulously, he has found that going out prepared to pay attention and be amazed is the method that suits him best – and it’s hard to argue with the results.
Tobin’s works are also notable for the feeling of joy and happiness that they convey. It is as if someone who is able to see so much beauty in the world cannot help but be moved and delighted by it, and that this in turn is an emotion that he has to share with others through the medium of photography. This makes the experience of viewing his works a highly pleasurable one, as if one had received a magical key to a world that is both familiar and yet dazzlingly fresh and lovely.
You can view more of Stephen Tobin’s works on ARTmine.
Exhibition dates: May 11, 2013 – May 31, 2013
Reception: Thursday, May 16, 2013 6-8 p.m.
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, New York City
Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.