In his photographies, Toby Smith creates a world of his own. From my very first contact with his work, I have to admit that I was shaken -altogether- by the perfect mastering of lights that seems to be out of our world and a personal sense of space that is most perceptible in the Estranged series where I extracted the following image, “Carriageway”.
I shot this image during the snowstorms of 2009 that swept across the South of England. With severe weather warnings all of the roads and landscape were ghostly quiet. I spent two night exploring the landscapes in my car looking for subject matter that evoked the right feel. Ironically turning my camera on the road and my own made a fantastic shot from a frozen cattle bridge. Images from this week went inspired me to complete my latest body of work “The Renewables Project” within Scotland but during the coldest months.
Toby Smith is relaunching his web site; This is the right opportunity to visit it: http://www.shootunit.com.