A refined eye capable of seeing beauty in the mundane, transforming simple objects and landscapes into works of art, this is the remarkable talent of Tina Toth. Landscapes transmute into extraordinary sceneries appearing suggestive, visionary, at times even poetic. While her ability capture unthinkable things like oil spills in a pan, showcases her gift of creating art where in a normal circumstance one wouldn’t readily think there’s the presence of it.
Do you function on inspiration or is having a critical eye more crucial?
“Not sure what you mean by critical eye, but I do function by inspiration. I don't take photos at all for months, and then something grabs me and I take loads within a couple of days. So I guess, you can call that inspiration. It's a whim. It's not a reliable thing. But I don't think that excludes having a critical eye for your own work, in any case.”
Do you prefer shooting landscapes or still life?
”Oh, ummm, neither? Haha. My photos are mostly abstract. It's a very graphic thing. I think if I could paint, I'd just be painting instead. But well, I can't paint, so I do it with photos. I have no preference in objects or places I shoot. They become something else in most cases anyway, once inside the frame. My favourite thing is camouflaging real existing things into looking like something else. I'm especially happy when I can make a photo look like a painting. That's rare, but when it happens, I love it. As for landscapes, I'm a lousy landscape photographer, and still life... well that's something I did 12 years ago when I first started taking photos, but it doesn't attract me much now. It's too literal, I guess.”
Is there a photographer that you admire and why?
”Ernst Haas has some images I really like, Yann Arthus-Bertrand has nice landscapes, and you know the film director Wim Wenders? He's also an excellent photographer, I was surprised when I learned. There's also a guy I bumped into on this photo community website, called Stephen Galea. His stuff is gorgeous. He doesn't know, but I'm a huge fan. Now this small list is by no means definite. Time passes, you discover new people with new works... the true favourite photographer category is still under construction in my brain.”
If you could shoot any place, thing, or person, what would it be?
I want a microscope. Then, I could see what you really can't see.
An amalgam of vibrant colours, Tina’s photographs are a visual delight, allowing the viewer to enter an enchanted realm of pulsating emotions transcribed into images. They’re a kaleidoscope of energy and vivid marvel emitting sensory ambushes. Surrender yourself to an ocular compulsion, the photos becoming a device for the ordinary to be exalted to a higher level. This is the unexpected surprise that hits us when confronted with a world that appears lovelier than it really is.