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Tommy Keith: Fundamental Elements

Tommy Keith: Fundamental Elements

Lives and works in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

To Hold This Mystery is a series of colour photographs featuring various elements of the natural world. Using formal qualities such as colour, lighting, and camera perspective, I aim to transform otherwise ordinary occurrences into highly descriptive yet puzzling pictures, suggesting the world is far more mysterious than we think. I’m interested in how these fundamental elements of photography can result in a description of the world as something otherworldly, or even revelatory. I think of this project as a balancing act between highly descriptive renderings of the world and pure abstraction, blurring the line between reality and the unknowable.

Issue n°03 Tommy KeithCosmic Strings, 2021

Issue n°03 Tommy KeithUntitled, 2021

Issue n°03 Tommy KeithMoving Puzzle, 2020

Issue n°03 Tommy KeithParking Lot Polaris, 2020

Issue n°03 Tommy KeithUntitled, 2021

Issue n°03 Tommy KeithDriveway Galaxy, 2020

Issue n°03 Tommy KeithConstellation of Clouds, 2020

Issue n°03 Tommy KeithOpen Wound, 2020

Issue n°03 Tommy KeithUntitled, 2020

Artist Biography

Tommy Keith (b. 1993) is a photographer from Huntsville, Ontario. His work ranges from family portraits to investigations of small-town life; from unpacking his personal history of being conceived through a sperm donation clinic to nighttime pictures of nature – all focused on visualizing the hidden and mysterious qualities of life. He earned a BFA from Concordia University and an MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago. He currently lives and works in Toronto, ON.