From Dark to Light

By Carla Tofano

Before meeting Toby – the co-founder and co-producer of Metralla Rosa – in person, I met him via this beautiful documentary about his photography which, I now know, is the perfect vehicle to fall in love with his work with. I can confidently state that From Dark to Light will offer you glimpses into a world that has held me captive for many years. This beautiful documentary was filmed, directed and edited by James Shannon – who years later would become the creator of Metralla Rosa’s website and branding – and takes you straight to the heart of the artistic photography of Toby Deveson, in an elegant and loving way. Filmed over a couple of sunny and rainy June days in Dartmoor, England in 2015, this piece takes you on a tour of the artistic imagination of an artist who sees life as a series of images, and who interprets the world through his own photographic eye.

West of the Sun is a collection of photographs through which Toby has travelled the world, allowing himself to be overwhelmed by the dramatic, magnificent and magnanimous temperament of the surrounding, natural landscapes. And in this film he tells, and shows us, how photographing Mother Nature has been a visual adventure for him, in which geometric abstraction and personal instinct are consistently present. This collection, the title of which was inspired by one of Japanese author Haruki Murakami‘s novels, is in a constant state of flux between death and rebirth, in a constant dance with the landscapes that inspire it, and in a constant battle with the technological restrictions that Toby has placed upon himself, in order to sharpen his gaze and educate his heart with all that is before him. His dreamlike, ambiguous, dramatic, lustful and lyrical framing is achieved with a camera that Toby has been using since he was 16, and which he has remained loyal to since it became his inseparable companion, adventurous lover and unconditional ally. All his photographs are black and white, taken with film and developed at home, essentially because Toby believes that it is the person behind the tools that matters most – something he has dedicated his life to proving, with his own blood, sweat and tears.



Credits

Photography: by Toby Deveson
Translation: by Toby Deveson
From Dark to Light: by James Shannon Design | Photography

From Dark to Light

 

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Crediti

Photography: by Toby Deveson
Translation: by Alessandra Greco
From Dark to Light: by James Shannon Design | Photography

De la oscuridad a la luz

 

Antes de conocer a Toby – co-fundador y co-productor de Metralla Rosa – en persona, lo conocí a través de este hermoso documental acerca de su fotografía y fue la mejor carta de presentación para enamorarme de su trabajo. Sin temor a equivocarme me a atrevo a prometer que From Dark to Light, abrirá frente a ti puertas que te permitirán conocer un mundo del que yo soy presa feliz desde hace varios años. Filmado, dirigido y editado por quien años mas tarde seria el creador del sitio web y del logo de Metralla Rosa, James Shannon, esta hermosa pieza audiovisual te acerca a la fotografía artística de Toby Deveson de un modo elegante y amoroso. Filmado en Dartmoor, Inglaterra, en junio de 2015, durante días de sol y de lluvia, esta pieza documental te adentra en el imaginario artístico de un artista que ve la vida en imágenes y que entiende la creación a través de su propio ojo fotográfico.

West of the Sun es una collection de fotografía gracias a la cual Toby ha recorrido el mundo dejándose arrollar por el dramático, magnificente y magnánimo temperamento del paisaje natural. Y en este film Toby nos cuenta, y nos muestra, como fotografiar a la madre naturaleza ha sido en su caso una aventura visual en la que la abstracción geométrica y el instinto personalista del creador, se hacen siempre testarudamente presentes. Esta colección, cuyo titulo ha sido inspirado por una de las novelas del autor japonés Haruki Murakami, es una colección en constante muerte y renacimiento, en constante danza con el paisaje que la inspira, y en constante pugna con las restricciones tecnológicas que Toby se auto impone para afilar la mirada y educar al corazón que con el ojo observa. Todos sus oníricos, ambiguos, dramáticos, libidinosos y líricos encuadres son logrados con una cámara que Toby tiene desde los 16 años y que no ha cambiado porque ha decidido convertirla en su compañera inseparable, en su amante aventurera, en su aliada incondicional. Todas sus fotografías son en blanco y negro, todas sus imágenes son producidas con película y reveladas a mano en su casa, básicamente porque Toby sospecha que es el indio lo que importa y no la flecha, y ha dedicado su vida a corroborar en carne propia la veracidad de esta creencia.



Creditos

Photography: by Toby Deveson
From Dark to Light: by James Shannon Design | Photography


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