Toby Zeng (b. Beijing, 1998) first found his passion for photography when he began experimenting with taking photos of every day on his iPhone when he was in high school. Later on, he was able to continue with his passion and went on to study photography at Bard College in upstate New York where he got the opportunity to further explore his craft and build areas to fit himself into. After spending time away studying abroad, he is now based back in China where he is focusing on commissions and personal projects.
Photographic composition : Vertical
The current collection from Toby Zeng all centers around the common theme of vertical composition. After experimenting with new ways of capturing the everyday space we take up, his intention with vertical composition is to explore a new way of seeing. In his work, the arrangement of the elements creates a sense of structure and balance. The vertical angle allows us to encounter our space from a different point of view, bringing into focus all the interesting details above and below our normal perceptions. He reassesses the space around him, addressing the everyday environments through a tool of landscape composition and color. Toby chose vertical composition as it is a direct contrast to the usual mise-en-scenes we are familiar with. His focus is on representing a more in-depth look at the space we take up, and calling attention to the minute details of life that we often don’t notice, whether that be the good, the interesting, or the upsetting.
To view more of Toby’s work please visit their website.