Toby Zeng plays with the representation of the human body

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Toby Zeng was born in Beijing, China in 1998. At the age of 14, he moved to a boarding school located in California in a small town called Ojai. His passion for photography started to blossom during his sophomore year when he began taking photos with his iPhone. In 2016, Toby started taking photos with a professional camera to shoot projects rather than take random photos. This drastically improved his photography practice. Toby is studying at Bard college under the photo department.

About ‘Minimal Body’:

Throwback to 2016, today we present ‘Minimal Body’ by Toby Zeng, a series that speaks about the human body according to a minimalistic aesthetic.

“Minimal Body” is a study of the human form using color, shape, composition, and light. Rather than focusing on the entire body, Zeng chooses to pay attention to the small details that often go unnoticed. Using the camera and the frame, Zeng recontextualizes the human body and captures individual components. By doing this, his photos surprise the viewers by presenting a different way to observe the beauty of the body. His goal is to highlight and preserve the small and unobtrusive sight of the human body. The scope is on the details and parts of a person. Looking at a piece of the puzzle, rather than the whole body.

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3 min
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12 July 2019
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